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WikiLeaks on Democracy now & Net Neutrality

December 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment
May 17/Resisting Globalization

WikiLeaks is an international new media  non profit organization that publishes submissions of otherwise unavailable documents from anonymous news sources and leaks. Its website was launched in 2006, published by Julian Assange.  WikiLeaks presents a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States some might say.  It leaks out secret information to the public that should be confidential.  The web site is trouble to the world, but some might say that it is just only stating the truth.  On the other hand wikileaks can cause war between countries for the secret imformations that it has posted.  In my opinion, I believe in wikileaks to a point.  Some information is good for the public and people need to know the truth, but some documents go to far into putting people in danger which I think is the number one priority.  The government should be able to shut it down in my option to anyone’s safety, but hundreds of mirrors of the websites have been published, so it would be impossible.  Some people might sure that Julian Assange should go to jail, but why?  He is just stating the truth of of both sides of the media.  Just because people don’t like hearing about horrible things about there country even if its the truth doesn’t necessary mean that he himself is the terrorist.  Some might say that it is might be a threat to the national security of the United States and throughout the world but in reality he he just stating the truth in these leaks.

Network neutrality is a principle proposed for user access networks participating in the internet that advocates no restrictions by internet service and providers and governments on content, sites, kinds of equipment that may be attached, and the modes of communication.  The principle states that if a given user pays for a certain level of Internet access, and another user pays for the same level of access, then the two users should be able to connect to each other at the subscribed level of access.  Under commission chairman Julius Genachowski, the FCC has proposed reclassifying broadband internet access providers under the provisions of Title 2 of the Communications act in an effort to force the providers to adhere to the same rules as telephone networks. This is meant to prevent, discrimination in charges.

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  • 1    Prof. Hala // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Great post, Ray. You assess the WikiLeaks issue from multiple perspectives, demonstrating its complexity. Thus far, there doesn’t seem to be a clear legal case against WikiLeaks; it isn’t clear what laws the organization has broken, since it did not steal the confidential info, only distributed it. What WikiLeaks has posted on its site is virtually identical to the material other major news orgs like the NY Times and the Guardian have published, so it isn’t clear how WL is breaking the law while the NYT is not.

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