Internet, Uncategorized

Wikileaks and the Test for the Internet

[[Wikileaks]] is all over the News these Days. The Internet Platform is publishing Documents from the US State Department, only a Minority of these Documents is classified as secret, as far as i know.  The Documents contain Notes over Politicians other Countries, that the US State Department collected over the last years. The Documents are not stolen from  Wikileaks, Wikileaks is just the Platform who is publishing those Documents.
As a Reaction to the Publishing of those Documents, Wikileaks faces massive Attacks: [[DDOS]] Attacks, Closing their Servers in the US and France, closing Wikileaks Paypal Account.

Now we are seeing the Stress Test if the Internet as a Infrastructure is so free as we hope and Hackers (in the non criminal Meaning) want to believe. People are setting up Mirror Websites to support Wikileaks while it is under Attack. If this will be successful, the Content from Wikileaks will survive the Attacks and will still be available, even when Governments close the Wikileaks Website in their Country.

The [[Twitter]] Search for #imwikileaks is showing a huge Support via Twitter, but posting 140 Signs is easy, to keeping the Content public and available is way more difficult.

The Question is : Can Wikileaks stay available and open to prove that the Internet is as free as we hope or will the Internet become a more controlled Place. I hope the Internet will stay open, free and crazy as it is but i fear that Governments all over the World will use Wikileaks as a Reason to install more Control, more Restrictions for their Citizens using the Internet.

In 2 Weeks something else  will be in the News but Wikileaks will still be haunted. We will se what will happen

UPDATE:

The, as always awesome, [[Wired Magazine]] has a good Article why Wikileaks is helping the US and not harming the US.

UPDATE 2:

The German [[Chaos Computer Club]] has published a Statement (in german) about Freedom of Information, Wikileaks and the Western Governments . Good Reading (if you can read German)

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