Why you must support WikiLeaks’ rights, even if you disagree with WikiLeaks

There is no functional difference between politically sensitive speech being removed because a giant, legalized government bureaucracy regulates the internet, or because officials abuse power to ask web hosting providers to remove it, and they all comply instead of citing legal protections.

Free speech only survives if you insist on it.

This is why sending a message is critical. Any company that is willing to bow to the censors without a legal requirement to do so needs to hear from you, whether it’s Amazon, paypal, or anything else. If possible, don’t give them your business, tell them exactly why, and tell your friends too. Even if you can’t replace a service or give them up entirely, please, give them a piece of your mind anyway.

Go online and search for WikiLeaks mirrors, right now. Notice how many of them have been taken down, and replaced by their host’s default page?*

The critical turning point for free speech on the internet is happening, right now. Will the internet be worth a damn, or not? The time to act is slipping away. What will you do?

*EDIT: note that some hosts may have been under assault by denial-of-service attacks instead of caving in, probably attacks by spook agencies; this was apparently true of the US registrar, EveryDNS.

3 responses to “Why you must support WikiLeaks’ rights, even if you disagree with WikiLeaks

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  2. Maybe is it good thing ….
    We NEED proper steering mechanism to survive the global society we created with technology. Transparancy/involvism is needed. It’s urgend, at this moment our society has an obsolete 200 years old steering mechanism. How can a few wise people understand these complex global issues pending ?

    Would we have gone to Iraq over Weapons of mass destruction is we were part of the diplomatic cable discussion ?
    Better of with more transparency ? Credit Crises / Cable gate shows governments are not so much in control of the global society.
    Wasn’t it work of the press to tell us the truth ?

    At least the cork out of the bottle. Fact is that secrets are harder to keep anno 2010.
    Shutting down is naive. Discuss it is the only option.. Come on free press, have vision ..take the lead.

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