Ok, The Internet Is Like An Ocean, All Right?

I have tried, I have really tried, to explain the internet to the US DoD. I have said it was a flock of birds, some starfish, even a samizdat movement (ok that was Wikileaks twitter). Let’s try again. Remember when people used to “surf the net”? Well, that’s because it’s kind of like an ocean.

Everything in the ocean is interconnected, no matter how far apart they may appear to be, even if they have never met. The ocean is full of happy little individuals and communities that may veer off and head to where you are if you attract attention. Blood in the ocean attracts attention. It could attract a battery of barracudas, or something big and dark that you have never heard of.

All of the happy activists, hacktivists, open source programmers etc., peacefully working away at what they do have all had their attention diverted by the explosions around that sparkly little fish Wikileaks. People who usually only come here to work on Tor, EFF, anti-ACTA, anti-censorship, human rights, free internet, darknet, Pirate Bay, or just to hang out at any of the chans, have all wandered over to take a look.

This ocean abhors a vacuum. And it is full of problem solvers, all watching the attacks on Wikileaks and figuring out how those attacks can be counteracted next time. Yes, there’s already a next time. See Napster. And like with Napster, next time will be a mutation that can defend against anything that worked against Wikileaks this time. Remember? Untraceable source? NewWikileaks doesn’t need an “editor in chief”, it doesn’t need to involve the mainstream media, and it certainly doesn’t need to redact.

The internet is free. It says what it thinks. It debates. It cooperates. It is obsessive. It doesn’t sleep. It mutates. It is everywhere. It is nowhere. It is the alternative if Wikileaks is destroyed.

28 thoughts on “Ok, The Internet Is Like An Ocean, All Right?

  1. The business of skepticism is to be dangerous. Skepticism challenges established institutions. If we teach everybody, including, say, high school students, habits of skeptical thought, they will probably not restrict their skepticism to UFOs, aspirin commercials, and 35,000-year-old channelees. Maybe they’ll start asking awkward questions about economic, or social, or political, or religious institutions. Perhaps they’ll challenge the opinions of those in power. Then where would we be?

    Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World (1995)

    I have no answer yet. But I think (and hope) it will become obvious very soon.

    Greetings from Greece (another victim of the mighty MIC).

    P.S. I’ve been reading your blog all the time since I discovered it a few days ago. I don’t have words to express my appreciation. Keep up the good work!


    • Thank you very much! You are so right with the quote (I love Carl Sagan), but as soon as you stop telling people what is wrong with those governing and start saying how they themselves could improve, they stop reading. Generations have been raised to view challenging themselves as something to be avoided, even though that is really where all the fun lies in life. Quite the mind manipulation accomplishment.


  2. I’m inspired by your comment :)) No I’m serious, I like a lot your metaphor. “Internet is like the Ocean”. You should go on and say that WikiLeaks it’s like a small fish trying to escape from a shark. In the end the fish will “kill” the shark. :))


  3. Leaks have a habit of turning into torrents, because there’s a fundamental cause that needs to be fixed. An example is the utter hip-pock-rho-see of the U(believable) S(ituation) of A(rms) disbursement – just read the NYT today – to understand why the torrent is now flooding the fundamental cause into drowning under its own stupidity.


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  5. Your commentary is quite spot on. There is now a global movement of people who can be described as cyber-anarchists now participating in the defense of freedom of speech and journalism. No one is coordinating it, not wikileaks and not Julian Assange. People are making decisions for themselves based on what they see needs to be done for the good of everyone. There is an information war taking place. And wikileaks` last release is a call to arms.


  6. I hope they look back in 200 years and wonder how we all lived such secretive, paranoid and destructive lives pre 2010. The dawn of the new era has begun and cannot be stopped, peace and justice for all. embrace it America.

    plenty of fish in the sea


    • Releasing the key is an interesting one. Based on one earlier tweet it was calculated that based on the current cable release speed it would take maybe 28 years to release the lot. Completely crazy obviously.

      Even the alleged 15000 bank documents will surely take months and months, maybe years.

      Scenario One – find 2000+ trusted volunteers to work on them. Quite hard I would imagine.

      Scenario Two – they are all “blown” when tens of thousands will work on them and hopefully start some wikipedia type method of quickly sorting them.

      Are there any other possible and eventual scenarios? What’s best and what’s likely?


    • I think that file really is meant to insure the historic record, not for short-term bargaining. As Georgie has been saying eloquently, the Wikileaks idea is viral now. Even Julian couldn’t stop it if he wanted to. There are 748 mirrors in the ocean already. Witnessing all the various governmental, (extra-)legal, corporate, and media responses has been as informative as the leaks themselves. The coming days will advance Julian’s exposé of corruption in the international justice system.


  7. Since he has been imprisoned for at least a week, without bail, in London, then the answer seems to be release the key now.

    He should have been given bail. Wasn’t. So release the key now.

    I was against the idea before but if that is the way that the UK Justice system is going to behave..then release it. Get the whole nightmare over and done with.


    • also noticed that guardian, nyt, and others are not using cablegate tagging system. surely this needs to be uniform across all media for future cataloging


  8. funny but news said

    “Judge Riddle said he believed Mr Assange might flee the jurisdiction and he also said he feared he “may be at risk from unstable persons”.”

    He might be right on second part because that’s how Dr King and Gandhi got it. Looneys.


    • Haha! Well, it does get frustrating watching them just not get what we all know. Preaching to the choir though, they’ll be reading Marc Thiessen on the intertubes. It’s unfortunate that my condescension fell flat on my nose because of not knowing piranhas were freshwater …


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