THE JUST SOCIETY OF INTERNET (3) Citizens are more powerful in the digital age

The  website which had published the truth came under cyberattack and kept falling offline.  In response, Website supporters began to mirror the site on over 1000 servers around the globe. It was impossible to remove the Website from the Internet.


The Internet in a digital era lets governments get more information and more power, and more communication than they’ve ever had before. But, it lets citizens do the same. Governments are more powerful and more vulnerable at exactly the same time.

The fight on our hands is who gets to control the Internet, who gets the control information.

In response to the financial blockade on the Website, the collective Anonymous launched cyber attacks, taking down the websites of VISA, Mastercard and Paypal.

There is a phenomenon called «Noble cause corruption«. Essentially, you do things which if anyone else did, you would recognize that are not okay, are not right. But because you know you are a good guy, it is different for you.

A perfect storm…

In Star Trek, every prospective commanding officer, is expected to pass a test called the «Kobayashi Maru«. The no-win situation. The cannot be passed. It is there to see how they deal with a no-win situation. a no-win situation is a possibility every commander may face.

The term has been applied to real-world scenarios with no perceived positive outcome or that requires outside-the-box thinking, using Kirk’s unorthodox answer to the Kobayashi Maru test (change the conditions of the test), as an example of the need to redefine the premises upon which an organization operates—changing the rules rather than playing within them (© Paragraph Wikipedia)
Later in the film, Kirk reveals that he beat the Kobayashi Maru as a cadet on his third attempt by reprogramming the simulation to make it possible to rescue the ship, and that he does not actually believe in the idea of a no-win scenario (© Paragraph Wikipedia).

The question becomes, does it matter and what changes?

I think that something has started. It’s going to be about transparency and accountability,  and keeping power in check, keeping governments responsible, and who cares who does it as long as someone does.

Transcription of the film and ©pictures: We Steal Secrets. Director: Alex Gibney

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