A terrifying war is being fought in the digital second world of modern life. Technology designed to soak up individuals' private communications is in constant development. In the age of cyber surveillance where does the boundary between private and public fall -- if it still exists at all?
In part 2 of the Cypherpunks interview, the problems of privacy and freedom in online communication are raked over by Julian Assange with his guests Andy Muller Maguhn, Jeremie Zimmerman and Jacob Appelbaum. They look for solutions to state and corporate lead invasions of privacy and restrictions on the free movement of information. The movement dedicated to freeing up individuals to use the internet anonymously, safely and freely, and that the way to solve problems created by the internet is not through greater control and policing. Applebaum sums their argument up, claiming "The answer is not to destroy a medium or to police that medium. It is when you find evidence to prosecute the crimes that the medium has documented. It is not to weaken that medium; it is not to cripple society as a whole over this thing." However, it's Julian who defines their vision for the potential of the internet: "So when you look at the balance between powerful insiders knowing every credit card transaction in the world, shadow states of information that are starting to develop and swapping with each other and developing alliances and connections with each other, and into the private sectors and so on versus the increased size of the commons, then the Internet is a common tool for humanity to speak to itself, and to increase its power...".
Published on Jun 12, 2012 by AssangeWorldTomorrow