“JOHANNESBURG/LONDON (Reuters) – If anyone needed proof that cyber activists can create havoc in the real world, the last few weeks have provided evidence in megabytes.
Rallying behind WikiLeaks, the thousands of internet activists who made headlines in December by bringing down the websites of MasterCard and Visa have been branching out.
Operating under the banner ;Anonymous’, their other forms of action have included hacker defacements of websites, real-life protests such as mass leafleting, and a role in Tunisia’s ‘Jasmine Revolution’.”
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Is a post-Wikileaks world really all that different? The Guardian takes a look at the change, or lack thereof, in global politics upon the release of the December 2010 Wikileaks cables. Notably, the piece features commentary from Citizen Lab and Canada Centre for Global Security Studies Director Ron Deibert. The commentary was originally featured in the New York Times opinion piece entitled The Post-Cablegate Era. Deibert identifies Wikileaks as more of a symptom of a larger information trend, rather than a distinct political shift.
From The Guardian
“This week, Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi pointed toward Wikileaks as the main instigator of the recent Tunisian riots that started a month ago. According to New York Magazine, Qaddafi believed that the whistle-blowing website released cables were supported by American ambassadors hoping to add fuel to the already growing fire of the mostly violent movement.”
From OpenNet Initiative
“The furor surrounding Wikileaks has raised questions about the true limits of free speech in what is perhaps the most unregulated medium in the world. “Free speech online is under fire, but it has always been under fire to some degree,” said Syracuse University’s Milton Mueller. “What’s new is that governments are developing new institutional mechanisms to control Internet expression.”
In the wake of Cablegate, the massive release of sensitive documents released online by WikiLeaks and the subsequent DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks by pro- and anti-WikiLeaks factions on each others’ websites, a fact long-known to only a few cognoscenti became public — free speech online is very much endangered.”
“The founder of the WikiLeaks whistleblowing website, Julian Assange, hit out at Beijing’s aggressive censorship of the Internet in a media interview on Thursday.
Assange, an Australian hacker who sparked fury in Washington with the release of a slew of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, said China is the “technological enemy” of WikiLeaks, because it is so hard to ensure access to the site from behind tight Web controls.
He said WikiLeaks has been fighting “a running battle” to get its leaked documents through to Chinese netizens.
“China has aggressive and sophisticated interception technology that places itself between every reader inside China and every information source outside China,” said Assange.”
From Radio Free Asia
“Amid the news that the U.S. government has subpoenaed from Twitter data about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and others thought to be tied to the group is the issue of IP addresses. An Internet Protocol address is a unique 32-bit numeric address that can identify a specific computer on a network. IP addresses, generally assigned by an Internet Service Provider (ISP), can be temporary (called dynamic IP addresses) or permanently (called static IP addresses).”
From Privacy Lives
“THE news that federal prosecutors have demanded that the microblogging site Twitter provide the account details of people connected to the WikiLeaks case, including its founder, Julian Assange, isn’t noteworthy because the government’s request was unusual or intrusive. It is noteworthy because it became public.
Even as Web sites, social networking services and telephone companies amass more and more information about their users, the government — in the course of conducting inquiries — has been able to look through much of the information without the knowledge of the people being investigated.”
From The New York Times
“A member of parliament in Iceland who is also a former WikiLeaks volunteer says the US justice department has ordered Twitter to hand over her private messages.
Birgitta Jonsdottir, an MP for the Movement in Iceland, said last night on Twitter that the ‘USA government wants to know about all my tweets and more since november 1st 2009. Do they realize I am a member of parliament in Iceland?’ ”
From The Guardian
“The U.S. Justice Department has obtained a court order directing Twitter to turn over information about the accounts of activists with ties to Wikileaks, including an Icelandic politician, a legendary Dutch hacker, and a U.S. computer programmer.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir, one of 63 members of Iceland’s national parliament, said this afternoon that Twitter notified her of the order’s existence and told her she has 10 days to oppose the request for information about activity on her account since November 1, 2009.”
“The US government’s 11-page document on how to get various US government agencies to prevent future leaks has been leaked to MSNBC. It doesn’t get any more ironic than that. After the various leaks made by WikiLeaks, the US government understandably wants to limit the number of potential leaks, but their strategy apparently isn’t implemented yet. Here’s the crux of the memo, which was sent this week to senior officials at all agencies that use classified material.”
From Tech Spot