Julian Assange Cypherpunks are activists who advocate the widespread use of strong cryptography (writing in code) as a route to progressive change. Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of and visionary behind WikiLeaks, has been a leading voice in the cypherpunk movement since its inception in the 1980s.
Now, Assange brings together a small group of cutting-edge thinkers and activists from the front line of the battle for cyber-space to discuss whether electronic communications will emancipate or enslave us. Among the topics addressed are: Do Facebook and Google constitute "the greatest surveillance machine that ever existed", perpetually tracking our location, our contacts and our lives? Far from being victims of that surveillance, are most of us willing collaborators? Are there legitimate forms of surveillance, for instance in relation to the "Four Horsemen of the Infopocalypse" (money laundering, drugs, terrorism, and pornography)? And do we have the ability, through conscious action and technological savvy, to resist this tide and secure a world where freedom is something which the Internet helps bring about?
The harassment of WikiLeaks and other Internet activists, together with attempts to introduce anti-file sharing legislation such as SOPA and ACTA, indicate that the politics of the Internet have reached a crossroads. In one direction lies a future that guarantees, in the watchwords of the cypherpunks, "privacy for the weak and transparency for the powerful"; in the other lies an Internet that allows government and large corporations to discover ever more about internet users while hiding their own activities. Assange and his co-discussants unpick the complex issues surrounding this crucial choice with clarity and engaging enthusiasm.
Julian Assange In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country residence in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest. For several hours the besieged leader of the world’s most famous insurgent publishing organization and the billionaire head of the world’s largest information empire locked horns. The two men debated the political problems faced by society, and the technological solutions engendered by the global network - from the Arab Spring to Bitcoin. They outlined radically opposing perspectives: for Assange, the liberating power of the Internet is based on its freedom and statelessness. For Schmidt, emancipation is at one with US foreign policy objectives and is driven by connecting non-Western countries to American companies and markets. These differences embodied a tug-of-war over the Internet’s future that has only gathered force subsequently.
When Google Met WikiLeaks presents the story of Assange and Schmidt’s encounter. Both fascinating and alarming, it contains an edited transcript of their conversation and extensive, new material, written by Assange specifically for this book, providing the best available summary of his vision for the future of the Internet.
Julian Assange, Jacob Appelbaum & Andy Müller-Maguhn Das Internet ist eine riesige Spionagemaschine. Alles, was wir hier übertragen, wird gespeichert und ausgewertet. Regierungen weltweit greifen nach der Netzkontrolle. Ihre Komplizen, Unternehmen wie Google, Facebook, Paypal und Co, sind längst in das Geschäft mit den Daten eingestiegen und verkaufen sie meistbietend. User aller Länder vereinigt Euch und schlagt zurück, fordert Julian Assange, Mitbegründer von WikiLeaks und Amerikas Staatsfeind Nr. 1...
Zusammen mit den Aktivisten Jacob Appelbaum und Jérémie Zimmermann sowie dem Chaos-Computer-Club Mitglied Andy Müller-Maguhn lotet Assange die Zukunft des Internets aus und ruft zur digitalen Revolution. Seine Botschaft: Freiheit im Internet ist machbar.
Der Text wurde in verteilten Rollen gelesen und mit den Sprechern David Nathan (Julian Assange), Uve Teschner (Andy Müller-Maguhn), Elmar Börger (Jacob Appelbaum), Peter Lontzek (Jérémie Zimmermann) und Richard Barenberg (Einleitung) hochkarätig besetzt.