13 September 2012
Non Glib Ex Nihilo WikiLeaks Exploitation
Non Glib Ex Nihilo WikiLeaks Exploitation, September 13, 2012
John Young "Cryptome" (New York, NY)
This review is from: This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks,
and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information
This is a well-researched book that doesn't settle for glib exploitation
of fictional ex nihilo WikiLeaks singularity.
Andy Greenberg has invented a gallery of "characters" from selected debris
of interviews for "This Machine Kills Secrets," an exceptionally informative
account of the technical and philosophical global battle for control of
communication between lock-step hierarchies of authorities armed with
military-grade secrecy and armored with lie-dispensing public relations and
diversely distributed, far smarter and agile, anarchical dissidents intending
to swarm and undermine official "full-spectrum dominance" of information.
These challengers of abusive control of information see official secrecy
as destructive of democracy and unfettered, unspied-upon communication among
the citizenry. Their main weapon against the Big Iron Arms of authority
(military, espionage, legislation, finance) is pervasive public encryption
to protect personal privacy, identity and communication -- supplemented by
creative ways to work around authoritative information control and censorship.
With unprecedented access to mostly little known key participants Greenberg
amply describes the decades-long campaign for public secrecy and privacy,
the deployment of unauthorized disclosures, anonymity, pseudonymity,
untraceability, subterfuge, chicanery, feints, ploys, humor and ricidule
for direct open confrontation and defiance of authority as exemplary
demonstration of digital democracy in action.
This will serve as a worldwide guide to understand why authorities -- gov,
com, edu, org -- dread loss of centralized power through the uncontrolled,
decentralized, anonymous, open Internet and are feverishly, stupidly attempting
to devise Big Iron control measures. As Greenberg warns -- hark journalists,
himself, Forbes and ilk -- "get used to it, this machine for killing secrets
will not stop."
I.e., a leak of the book's contents, list of characters and index: [URL deleted
0650.pdf @a_greenberg Leaks: This Machine Kills Secrets August 21, 2012 (1.8MB)