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  1. World Information War I: It’s Not Being Fought on the Web | Open Reading
  2. nathan

    WIWI, pronounced, no doubt, weewee. Oddly appropriate for a confrontation set off by the leak heard round the world.


  3. Dave, I’m glad you’ve mentioned this. I have been wondering what reports Americans were getting about the Wikileaks affair – or shall we call it WAFFAIR? Over here, it’s been a major news item for a while, as you know. I see it as the ultimate contemporary edge-of-seat thriller and can’t wait to see what happens next. Assange has almost gained mythical hero status, a kind of Robin Hood or Scarlet Pimpernel for cyber-times. Many people wouldn’t be surprised if the whole Swedish thing turns out to have been a set-up, orchestrated by…um..Dark Forces. But quite a lot of high-powered people have come out in support of him, offered to pay bail etc. Assange is probably no angel but whatever his faults, the creation of Wikileaks isn’t one of them.


    • Natalie, see, if you were on Facebook, you’d know just how worked up I and some of my friends have been. And as you know, geeks of every nationality are up in arms.

      As I was just saying to a Facebook friend a few moments ago, Assange doesn’t deserve hero status — Pfc. Bradley Manning does. He will spend the best decades of his life in military prison for this, if he isn’t executed.


  4. Dave, I am on FBook, it’s just that I don’t check in there very often!
    I agree that Bradley Manning is a hero – there must be, and probably is – a campaign to free him. But Assange too, I think, deserves tremendous respect for WeeWeeleaks.
    Did you see the comments on the Guardian news site, where all these people wrote “I am Julian Assange” (imitating the Spartacus movie) when he was hiding in the UK? All offering to stand up for him.There’s a heartwarming feeling of fellowship, and not just among geeks, and not simply about J.A. personally but about the whole concept that ‘we the people’ are actually entitled to transparency from all the authorities, in all areas affecting the lives of everyone on this planet.


    • I don’t read newspaper comments too often, so I missed that. Heartwarming indeed!

  5. Bob BrueckL

    Dave:
    You’re right on the money on this issue. On an unrelated topic: Tomorrow is the 180th Birthday of Emily Dickinson!
    Born: Dec. 10, 1830.
    Died: May 15, 1886.


    • Thanks. Yes, it’s a well-argued post, and there’s a strong argument to be made against total transparency, but I’m not convinced that that’s really what’s at stake. I guess I need to read more of Wikileaks’s and Assange’s writings about that. In any case, if the risk of total transparency is that we no longer get to wage wars and try to run the world, I think I can live with that.

      OT: that’s the first time I’ve seen someone use asterisks for links. Strikes me as poor usability, both because you dont know where the link is going, and because the expected behavior is for asterisks to go to footnotes/position links, not external pages.


  6. On this edition of Fresh Air, NYTimes reporter David Sanger (I think I got that right) claims that people need to have this information filtered because Assange has a political agenda but the NYTimes does not.

    I found that statement somewhat amusing.

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