Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Dec 2010 22:45 UTC
In the News And so the Wikileaks saga continues - with politics once again crossing with the technology side of things. After several DDoS attacks on Wikileaks' website, the organisation decided to move their website over to Amazon's cloud service yesterday. Today, Amazon kicked Wikileaks out of its cloud after being pressured by US Congress. Update: [Kroc] In a Q&A on the Guardian website, Julian Assange drops the bomb--Amazon failed the test: "Since 2007 we have been deliberately placing some of our servers in jurisdictions that we suspected suffered a free speech deficit inorder to separate rhetoric from reality. Amazon was one of these cases.". Stunning.
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Once out it should be spread
by cheemosabe on Thu 2nd Dec 2010 10:29 UTC
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2009-11-29

It wouldn't be fair if, once found out, information would only reach a few crowds (say countries).

My opinion is that the kenyan leak was a good thing. It's not good to sit in poop just because you can't smell well enough. The ideal situation would be for the kenyans to be constantly exposed to the truth (no more pauses that would allow invisible corruption to build up). But once invisible corruption does build up at some point the bubble has to burst. It's not really avoidable.

One more thing, WikiLeaks is a lot like a news paper. Each newspaper has it's allotted credibility. Some people trust some newspapers more than others. Everyone who has access to WikiLeaks has the same options.

First thing you need in order to achieve knowledge is exposure to information, good and bad. So that you can say "this is the good stuff" and "this is the bad stuff". That's what freedom of speech is about.

Secrecy, if needed, is wholly dependent on those who use it. It's like software security. You can't consider a security whole insignificant just because nobody found it yet.

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