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(Part 2) A GLOBAL CYBERWAR – A war fought by the global population

<This is the 2nd part of an article composed of various parts.>

The free distribution of secrect, conspirational documents of different powerful countries, mostly of the U.S.A., constitutes the revolution brought by Wikileaks.  The difference with the past is that this not only affects the U.S. – like for example with the Pentagon Papers in 1971-, but is more of worldwide concern. As the 250,000 documents are diplomatic cables, most of the relevant countries in the global political landscape have been directly referenced. The organic workings of international relations have been exposed to the world, through the Web, to a global civil society that in this case, can unite around the same objectives as none of us likes what we see. The cables are complex and vast, but what clearly comes into focus is, as one of the leakers of the Pentagon Papers, Noam Chomsky has recently stated, a profound fear of democracy by the political elite. Their actions clearly oppose the will of their voters or supporters, even more so by trying to censor the truth and persecute the people who have shown it to the world.

The issue is that, however strong this feeling is, we are in a tricky position to act. In the past the path was clear cut on how to struggle for the rights of a population, the enemy was obvious. Nowadays, in the scheme of an unregulated global society, that is acting through new channels of social exchange, the whole thing seems very confusing and frankly impossible. Nobody has a clear answer on this subject, the road is being made as we type. Information, we would say, is our main weapon and our credo; if transparency is achieved on such a high, global scale, it is hard for conspirative governments to play dirty. Also, even though we find it hard to believe, they feel the pressure.

Stemming from this is the idea of Net Neutrality. This is a delicate issue, and a difficult problem to solve; it is also a principal reason for the whole misunderstanding between the rules and sanctions on the Web. It is here that governments, enterprises and free individuals are mixed in a strange relationship in which control is still, at this point, very lax. For example, the servers in which the information is saved on are owned mostly by private groups in a local setting; however, their information has a global range, so, what rules can we apply to that content? As of now, the basic norms are enforced by the local legal framework. So, if in Sweden The Pirate Bay is legal and their servers are there, a user in the USA can still use TPB’s services without any legal consequence – although it is illegal in his country.

Therefore, in a way the Internet is no longer a completely free space for exchange. Both enterprises and governments act as intermediaries in our connections through the cyber-sphere. The idea is that we have to fight for net neutrality, it is basic for creating an uncontaminated global civil conscience, capable of opposing big government and market forces. This means that a need exists, the necessity for a popular cyberarmy which could fight, or at least oppose, the constant threat of the restrictions on freedom on our only valid way of communication.

The most recnt chapter happened when governments were forced to really play a role in this battle between restriction and liberty, property and community, individual and institutions, fought in virtual territory, another type of political dispute was established. Given the lack of regulation, both sides fight the war with opposite interests  and with many resources. As of now, the U.S. government and its allies, trying to withhold the online presence of secret documentation, opened fire using DDos attacks against the servers holding them. The prized resource is information, the weapons are computers and other types of information. The soldiers: informers and programmers. This is what a cyberwar is about.

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  1. January 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm

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