Vulnerabilities in the internet: We can’t eliminate them, but we can minimize them by increasing competition among ISPs.
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And yet, putative journalists who should know better have abetted the US government’s efforts to crush WikiLeaks by their silence or, more egregiously, by their aggressive proselytizing in favor of those efforts.
That corporate “journalists” should extol the attack on WikiLeaks, however, should really come as no surprise. Similarly, we cannot really be startled to find that the corporations that control the gateways to the internet would so readily accede in censorship. Since the same elite controls both the government and the corporations, and since that elite now perceives WikiLeaks as a threat to its reputation and hence to its stability and authority, it will now collaborate to remove that threat.
Such collaboration may not surprise us, but it should warn us of what lies ahead. If the suppression of WikiLeaks succeeds, we may confidently predict future collusions for the same object. And in that case, the freedom of the internet may prove illusory.
What lesson can we take from this?
Since it is easier to bribe, browbeat or arrange a deal with a few big companies than with many small ones, easier to pull a few large plugs than many little ones, we need to start adding more independent ISPs, free-access web servers and more DNS services. There needs to be an enormous proliferation and a staggering redundancy of such entities, as ecumenically scattered across the world as possible.
Giant corporations are not our friends. Therefore, we must act swiftly and forthrightly to wrest their hands from the controls at the chokepoints of the internet.