Internet is worlds greatest spying machine


Senator (1k+ posts)
LONDON: Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Tuesday warned that the Internet was the “greatest spying machine the world has ever seen” and an obstacle to free speech.
Speaking to students at Britain’s prestigious Cambridge University, the former computer hacker claimed that the Internet, particularly social networking sites such as Facebook, gave governments greater scope for snooping.
“There was actually a Facebook revolt in Cairo three or four years ago,” Assange explained.
“It was very small… After it, Facebook was used to round up all the principal participants and they were then beaten, interrogated and incarcerated.
“So while the Internet has in some ways an ability to let us know to an unprecedented level what government is doing… it is also the greatest spying machine the world has ever seen,” he added.
The rise of technology was helping tyrannical regimes, said the 39-year-old Australian, who is currently fighting extradition to Sweden over allegations of sex offences.
“It is not a technology that favours freedom of speech,” he claimed.
“It is not a technology that favours human rights.
“Rather it is a technology that can be used to set up a totalitarian spying regime, the likes of which we have never seen.”But the activist restated his belief that his website had helped trigger the ongoing Arab uprising.
He also said that the release of official US diplomatic documents had “changed part of the dynamics” in Tunisia, resulting in eventual regime change.
Assange sympathised with imprisoned US soldier Bradley Manning, who is suspected of having leaked the cables.
“Our support for his plight cannot be stated too loudly,” he said.
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Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
It is of vital importance that people pay attention to what is going on in the world because as I see it we are at the brink of losing our freedom to top class elite.

Slavery is gradually introduced by economic power with backing of armed forces where needed.

There is clear divide beteween rich and poor or powerful and weak. More than half of the world is living below poverty line.

If people do not wake uip and unite now it may be too late to do so as time passes the control is increasing and so rope is tightening around the neck of mankind.

Time to fight back. Get all common people to unitre before it is too late.

Powerful people are taking away every little anyone has by their tricks.

Democracy or any other system of ruling is useless that quitely takes away things from the weak and poor and puts them into the hands of the powerful and rich.

The while people are working hardest to create wealth it is disappearing into the hands of the dark forces.


Senator (1k+ posts)
Assange is 100% right that internet is a biggest spying machine. I am sure that most people know, but for those who don't, all the data routes through Department of Defense, USA. So they know that who is doing what.