http://jay.gooby.org/tag/imwikileaks Posts tagged with "imwikileaks" - Jay Caines-Gooby 2010-12-06T16:39:19+00:00 Jay Caines-Gooby jay@gooby.org http://jay.gooby.org/ http://jay.gooby.org/post/why-im-mirroring-wikileaks Why I'm mirroring wikileaks 2010-12-06T16:39:19+00:00 2010-12-06T16:39:42+00:00 <p><img src='/media/wikileaks.png' style='float: left; padding-right: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; height: 200px'/>I&#8217;m <a href="http://leaks.gooby.org">mirroring wikileaks</a> as well as <a href="http://wikileaks.gooby.org">providing <span class="caps">DNS</span></a> for it, because I believe that the heavy-handed attempts to censor it are the thin end of a very thick wedge.</p> <p>Let&#8217;s take a brief look at what&#8217;s happened recently, prior to the whole <a href="http://leaks.gooby.org/cablegate.html">wikileaks cablegate releases</a>:</p> <ul> <li>US Government <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/11/us-government-seizes-82-websites-draconian-future">seizes the domain names of 82 websites</a>, without any due process</li> <li>UK coalition government <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/nov/17/vaizey-net-neutrality">plans to try and end net neutrality</a> mirroring US moves</li> </ul> <p>If net neutrality ends, then broadcasters and news and entertainment corporations with deep pockets can pay to put their content in front of <span class="caps">ISP</span> users. There&#8217;s no incentive for the ISPs to prioritise or perhaps even carry packets to the second-tier domains. Thus we end up with lowest denominator content being the norm. Not that different from what we currently receive from our broadcasters. Obviously, this is a comfortable place for both the the media industry and government to be in. It&#8217;s the status quo. Channel 5, <span class="caps">ITV</span> 2, 3 &amp; 4, 24/7. No Wikipedia, no Vimeo, no blogs, and so on.</p> <p>If a government can both <a href="http://www.boingboing.net/2010/12/02/amazon-wikileaks-has.html">lean on hosting</a> and <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iOfBTsCt9Fvv93ZCVPEst8mLYyRw?docId=f89d08523f5546a7909ab40473ee774e">other internet companies</a> to stop providing their services to sites that the government would rather not see, and yet at the same time exercise the ability to remove a company from the internet by confiscating their domain, at what point will one threat follow another? Is it feasible that a US <span class="caps">ISP</span> who provides hosting to wikileaks, and who refuses to stop serving them, will then have their own domain confiscated?</p> <p>So, to me it seems that some heavy-handed governmental censorship is not far in the offing. Wikileaks is just the start and so I&#8217;m siding with the Internet on this one.</p> <p><a href="http://www.paulcarvill.com/2010/12/opposing-government-and-corporate-censorship-of-the-web/">Paul Carvill expresses this much more eloquently</a> than I can:</p> <blockquote> <p>&#8220;The free distribution of data, and resistance to top-down evaluation of the merit of that data, is what the web excels at. It is more important now than ever before that individuals are allowed to publish and consume information as they see fit, within the bounds of the law. The world wide web, must be allowed to operate neutrally and independently of governments and corporations, including domain name registrars, ISPs, data carriers and other and infrastructure providers. Everyone who uses the web benefits from such independence, and should promote and support it wherever possible.&#8221;</p> </blockquote> <p>The Tech Herald <a href="http://www.thetechherald.com/article.php/201048/6505/Recap-WikiLeaks-faces-more-heat-in-the-wake-of-cablegate">has a detailed roundup of the wikileaks events this week</a>.</p> <div style="float: left"> <p>Twitter has played a big part in my involvement. On Friday I saw <a href="http://twitter.com/nicferrier">Nic Ferrier</a> tweet:</p> <p><!-- http://twitter.com/#!/nicferrier/status/10727541568446464 --> <style type='text/css'>.bbpBox10727541568446464 {background:url(http://a1.twimg.com/profile_background_images/33542/background.jpg) #9ae4e8;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px} p.bbpTweet a:hover{text-decoration:underline}p.bbpTweet span.timestamp{font-size:12px;display:block}</style> <div class='bbpBox10727541568446464'><p class='bbpTweet'>what about a campaign to get absolutely everyone to add wikileaks to their domain?<span class='timestamp'><a title='Fri Dec 03 16:10:19 +0000 2010' href='http://twitter.com/#!/nicferrier/status/10727541568446464'>less than a minute ago</a> via web</span><span class='metadata'><span class='author'><a href='http://twitter.com/nicferrier'><img src='http://a0.twimg.com/profile_images/1180757456/2010-12-02-snowy_normal.jpg' /></a><strong><a href='http://twitter.com/nicferrier'>Nic Ferrier</a></strong><br/>nicferrier</span></span></p></div> <!-- end of tweet --></p> <p><a href="http://twitter.com/tommorris">Tom Morris</a> responded:</p> <p><!-- http://twitter.com/#!/tommorris/status/10755661272977408 --> <style type='text/css'>.bbpBox10755661272977408 {background:url(http://s.twimg.com/a/1290538325/images/themes/theme1/bg.png) #efefff;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px} p.bbpTweet a:hover{text-decoration:underline}p.bbpTweet span.timestamp{font-size:12px;display:block}</style> <div class='bbpBox10755661272977408'><p class='bbpTweet'>@<a class="tweet-url username" href="http://twitter.com/nicferrier" rel="nofollow">nicferrier</a> Zone file edited for tommorris.org. That&#8217;s the sort of activism I can actually do. ;-)<span class='timestamp'><a title='Fri Dec 03 18:02:04 +0000 2010' href='http://twitter.com/#!/tommorris/status/10755661272977408'>less than a minute ago</a> via <a href="http://www.echofon.com/" rel="nofollow">Echofon</a></span><span class='metadata'><span class='author'><a href='http://twitter.com/tommorris'><img src='http://a2.twimg.com/profile_images/15251942/1175176388_m_normal.jpg' /></a><strong><a href='http://twitter.com/tommorris'>Tom Morris</a></strong><br/>tommorris</span></span></p></div> <!-- end of tweet --></p> <p>And then by Friday night, there were a ton of hosts and subdomains pointing at the changing wikileaks IP:</p> <p><!-- http://twitter.com/#!/wikileaks/status/10621245489938433 --> <style type='text/css'>.bbpBox10621245489938432 {background:url(http://a3.twimg.com/profile_background_images/3147857/WL_Hour_Glass.jpg) #9AE4E8;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px} p.bbpTweet a:hover{text-decoration:underline}p.bbpTweet span.timestamp{font-size:12px;display:block}</style> <div class='bbpBox10621245489938432'><p class='bbpTweet'><span class="caps">WIKILEAKS</span>: Free speech has a number: http://88.80.13.160<span class='timestamp'><a title='Fri Dec 03 09:07:56 +0000 2010' href='http://twitter.com/#!/wikileaks/status/10621245489938433'>less than a minute ago</a> via web</span><span class='metadata'><span class='author'><a href='http://twitter.com/wikileaks'><img src='http://a0.twimg.com/profile_images/1128694316/4cd7a702-1b01-4f1f-beee-09d7db0cd6fa_normal.png' /></a><strong><a href='http://twitter.com/wikileaks'>WikiLeaks</a></strong><br/>wikileaks</span></span></p></div> <!-- end of tweet --></p> <p>Saturday brought the mass-mirroring project:</p> <p><!-- http://twitter.com/#!/jerezim/status/11131990803750912 --> <style type='text/css'>.bbpBox11131990803750912 {background:url(http://a1.twimg.com/profile_background_images/39192742/datacenter.jpg) #8f8f8f;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px} p.bbpTweet a:hover{text-decoration:underline}p.bbpTweet span.timestamp{font-size:12px;display:block}</style> <div class='bbpBox11131990803750912'><p class='bbpTweet'><a href="http://twitter.com/search?q=%23Wikileaks" title="#Wikileaks" class="tweet-url hashtag" rel="nofollow">#Wikileaks</a> mass-mirroring begins! Give server space to fight <a href="http://twitter.com/search?q=%23censorship" title="#censorship" class="tweet-url hashtag" rel="nofollow">#censorship</a>! http://46.59.1.2/mass-mirror.html <a href="http://twitter.com/search?q=%23StreisandEffect" title="#StreisandEffect" class="tweet-url hashtag" rel="nofollow">#StreisandEffect</a><span class='timestamp'><a title='Sat Dec 04 18:57:28 +0000 2010' href='http://twitter.com/#!/jerezim/status/11131990803750912'>less than a minute ago</a> via <a href="http://identi.ca" rel="nofollow">identica</a></span><span class='metadata'><span class='author'><a href='http://twitter.com/jerezim'><img src='http://a3.twimg.com/profile_images/761848815/hal_normal.jpg' /></a><strong><a href='http://twitter.com/jerezim'>Jérémie Zimmermann</a></strong><br/>jerezim</span></span></p></div> <!-- end of tweet --></p> <p>Twitter has been <a href="http://search.twitter.com/search?q=cablegate+OR+imwikileaks+OR+wikileaks">stalwartly been letting wikileaks news</a> through. At one point it seemed to be the only place to get the current IP of the official site.</p> </div> <p>There was an <a href="http://etherpad.mozilla.org:9000/wikileaks">Etherpad</a> being collaboratively edited on Friday, but that&#8217;s no longer available.</p> <p><a href="http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23imwikileaks">#imwikileaks</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23wikileaks">#cablegate</a> didn&#8217;t trend in the US or the UK across the weekend, but then again, <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23xfactor">#xfactor</a> was on. There&#8217;s been a noticeable uplift in traffic this morning (Monday 6th), so we&#8217;ll see&#8230;</p> <h2>What a difference a weekend makes</h2> <p>In just three days, 3rd &#8211; 5th December, wikileaks went from a couple of official domains along with some unofficial mirrors that were being <span class="caps">DDOS</span>-ed off the web, to having <a href="http://status.leakylinks.com/">hundreds of working official mirrors</a> and a <a href="http://cablesearch.org/">full-text search of all the currently released documents</a>. Score one for the Internet.</p> <p>Still in doubt? <a href="http://sowhyiswikileaksagoodthingagain.com/">http://sowhyiswikileaksagoodthingagain.com/</a></p>