Information Wants to Be Free


In his lone post this morning, Scott Greenfield writes about a federal judge’s attempt to shut down Wikileaks by “directing the Web site’s Internet domain registrar to disable the wikileaks.org domain”. The order came in suit filed by a Swiss bank complaining that Wikileaks had published confidential bank records.

The problem, as Mark Draughn (Windypundit.com) points out in a comment to Scott’s post, is that you can’t make a website go away by disabling the domain:

Speaking as a blogger, I’m pretty sure Judge White doesn’t understand the 1st Amendment.

Speaking as an IT professional, I know he doesn’t understand the internet. Disabling a domain name doesn’t shut down a website. It just makes it harder to get to. Wikileaks is here:

http://88.80.13.160/wiki/Wikileaks

Check out Wikileaks; it’s your civic duty.

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0 responses to “Information Wants to Be Free”

  1. I agree that the judge in this case did not understand the 1st Amendment or how the internet works. As I described in detail on my own blog, now, as a result of the public backlash in cyberspace, alternative links to Wikileaks are everywhere and the worldwide publicity has made the judge’s decision to censor the site completely counter-productive.

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