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December 05, 2010


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C. DiDiodato

Wikileaks is perhaps an interesting case for taking back the 'commons'.



to follow up on Conrad's point:

here is a quote from Julian Assange in the Guardian newspaper a few days ago:

"The west has fiscalised its basic power relationships through a web of contracts, loans, shareholdings, bank holdings and so on. In such an environment it is easy for speech to be "free" because a change in political will rarely leads to any change in these basic instruments. Western speech, as something that rarely has any effect on power, is, like badgers and birds, free. In states like China, there is pervasive censorship, because speech still has power and power is scared of it. We should always look at censorship as an economic signal that reveals the potential power of speech in that jurisdiction. The attacks against us by the US point to a great hope, speech powerful enough to break the fiscal blockade."

I was very much impressed with this analysis and he clearly is up to much, much more than simply being the thorn in the side of power. i think he is on to something and i hope the leaks are able to generate the debate referred to in Conrad's link. I too, think that perhaps there is something that looks like the commons here.

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