Quite irrespective of what the particular or cumulative consequences may be of the revelations contained within US State Department documents recently released by WikiLeaks, and regardless of the legal travails and ultimate fate of Julian Assange himself, or of WikiLeaks itself, it is abundantly clear that the Whole Wired World is changed and is changing as a result of these events. That story will play itself out, but the knowledge, techniques, networks, and proclivities acquired as a result will endure. Capacities for resilience, evasion and payback – the portion of the Internet community and system that has been radicalized and mobilized will not soon forget what it has learned how to do.
WikiLeaks currently has well over 1,000 mirrors, which host the same data in different locations in case the parent site is taken down and one Harvard developer has gathered all of these mirrors into a Google Earth visualization to show from whence these leaks have sprung.
The WikiLeaks saga of the last two weeks has been illustrative, if nothing else, of the importance of the decentralization of the Internet in relation to the freedom of information. An attempt to stifle a voice in one location simply leads to that voice springing from another, like a leak from a rusted pipe or a Whac-A-Mole arcade game.
By Mike Melanson / December 10, 2010 9:15 AM
Via ReadWriteWeb: Where in the World is WikiLeaks Mirrored?