So you thought that internet was open and democratic, enabling any person to share information with anyone else, anywhere. Not a bit.
Two posts in my RSS feed this morning cite concerns for the future of democracy citing the speed with which businesses have removed support for Wikileaks when pressurised by the US establishment.
“Whatever you think of Mr Assange’s leaks, the one thing that has got all “Net Neutral” people a-twitter is how easily some of the Big Names in the online world rolled over to a bit of (unofficial) US strong-arming. That Senator Liebermann & Co were able to pull Wikileaks from Amazon and Paypal (and now MasterCard have pulled them) (Update – now Visa too) sans lawsuit, sans argument, sans any pushback that one normally expects is a scary thought to anybody who is not part of the US Establishment and who wants to rely on the Internet in a tough period.”
“I can use Visa and Mastercard to pay for porn and support anti-abortion fanatics, Prop 8 homophobic bigots, and the Ku Klux Klan. But I can’t use them or PayPal to support Wikileaks, transparency, the First Amendment, and true government reform.”