Wednesday, December 08, 2010

WikiLeaks is Coming for You

BRT has stated many times that tech, like nature, has no morality. Depending on who's doing what to whom, the end result is driven by the user of the tech, not the tech itself. At the same time, BRT has stated the tried and true statement that everything has a cost. There is no free puppy, there is no free lunch and, as seen by WikiLeaks, there is no privacy, period.

Tit for Tat has been the recommendation from many sites, including this one, regarding the ability to maintain a free society when there is no privacy, i.e. the same tech used to surveil against us should also be used on the people who are doing the surveillance. a concept WikiLeaks embraced when releasing documents proven to be most embarrassing to the US and significant others.

The post in Baseline is timely and apt as the first real infowar is underway where the consequences of total exposure and the right to freedom of expression comes face to face with corporate, financial and governmental power and their wish to control and conceal.

"WikiLeaks may be coming soon to your place of business, or even to your own personal information files. Are you ready? The WikiLeaks story of radical transparency and harsh official response is not going away, no matter how much governments and internet service providers wish it would. And that has implications for all kinds of companies, and all kinds of users, inside the enterprise and out. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has promised to spread his publishing campaign beyond the world of diplomacy to banks and other entities. Whether or not Assange, now under arrest in Britain and a hated man the world around, is the one to exploit data insecurity, it seems likely that others will pick up his mantle and continue to do so — and also that government actions to stop them could have serious consequences for free speech and a free press. The quotes in this slideshow represent a range of opinion, news, and analysis, all of which should inform enterprise strategy on data security and openness. Follow the links (they're live in the caption boxes beside each slide) and be prepared."

As the great philosopher Yogi Berra says, "It ain't over until it's over"

"Unlike the quickly suppressed Twitter linked student revolt in Iran in 2009 following the disputed presidential election, the move by supporters to avenge attacks on Assange has gone viral. The rapid duplication of WikiLeaks content over the past weekend from one to more than 208 mirror websites represents a global counter-force that is now worldwide. Around the globe, it has become a call to arms for a far flung team of anonymous hackers."

Now it's over 1300.
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