>Is the internet an "obstacle to free speech"?

>Those were the words of Julian Assange of Wikilinks.

“It is not a technology that favours freedom of speech,” he said. “It is not a technology that favours human rights. Rather it is a technology that can be used to set up a totalitarian spying regime, the likes of which we have never seen.”

What do you think?


  • >Wikileaks exercised it's freedom of speech.Their website was shut down by their web host – Amazon.com.Payments to their organisation were blocked by the payment providers – paypal, visa.Their bank account was revoked – some swiss bank.You are free to speak but the consequences will cost you.And the internet ? World governments are spending a lot in the way of cyber-espionage against other governments, so you can guarantee that invading an individuals privacy is supremely easy for them, and probably so routine that they have it on auto.

  • >That was his point, your last paragraph. But the thing is the internet also allows us to say far more than we otherwise would have been able to say. It's a tool, and like any tool it can be used as a means towards more than one end. It allows us to debate these matters here, and say anything we want. But it also allows those with a lot of resources at their fingertips to check up on what we're saying and potentially close us down.

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