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The Economist

2010-12-10 08:22:56.890376+00 by ebradway 2 comments

At one time I used to enjoy reading the Economist. But I dropped my subscription in the wake of their editorial support for "Enhanced Interrogation". Now the Economist is proving to me that I never want to pick up their rag again with their position on the WikiLeaks cables. But they do make a troubling point. The "fan response" to WikiLeaks is turning the Internet into a digital Afghanistan. Insurgents are setting off the equivalent of IEDs on every target. The result is that the current actions by Anonymous may spark calls for stricter government controls on the Internet. That would be a loss for everyone.

Julian Assange has been arrested. And I have to agree that being in British custody is probably safer for him than being on the lam. The content on WikiLeaks has been mirrored many times and is even safer. I think it's time for the courts to start sorting out the realities: Is there a new line to be drawn in regard to freedom of the press?

[ related topics: Privacy Content Management Invention and Design moron Civil Liberties Net Culture Economics Government ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2010-12-10 11:57:35.462301+00 by: jeff

I believe that Wikileaks will prove to be a watershead event which sadly will ultimately lead to tighter control over the Internet.

Much like post 9/11 legislation impinging on personal freedoms.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-12-10 18:41:32.010034+00 by: petronius

I think the Wikileaks affair will only add to the collapse of the mainstream media, as old quislings like John Pilger keep referring to sociopaths like Assange as "journalists".