When Google Met Wikileaks by Julian AssangeWhen Google Met WikiLeaks presents the story of Assange and Schmidts encounter. Both fascinating and alarming, it contains extensive, new material, written by Assange specifically for this book, providing the best available summary of his vision for the future of the Internet.
The book also includes an edited transcript of the conversation with Schmidt in which Assange outlines the way WikiLeaks works and why it is so significant for governments and corporations. What emerges is the clearest and most sophisticated picture of the philosophy behind WikiLeaks to date.
Assange proposes a radical overhaul of the naming structure of the Internet, one which would revolutionize the way information is accessed. By coupling the intellectual content of a document to its online name—doing away with the haphazard URL system—Assange outlines a potential future for the Internet that would make it faster and much more difficult to censor.
In contrast, Schmidt’s contribution equates progress with the geographic expansion of Google, supported by the US State Department. In cutting prose, Assange denounces this world-view as technocratic imperialism and offers a stringent critique of its methods, goals and effects.
These are vital counterpoints for anyone interested in where the Internet—and by extension human civilization—is heading. The difference between the paths taken by Assange and Schmidt was illustrated subsequently by their responses to the Snowden disclosures: while WikiLeaks aided the whistleblowers escape, Google scrambled to manage a public relations backlash after the revelation that it had taken money from the NSA to process spying requests from the US government.
In June 2011, the North and South poles of the Internet came together in the English countryside for an historic dialogue. This extraordinary book tells the story of that unlikely encounter, and its significance for us all.
When Google Met Julian Assange
When Google Met Wikileaks
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Julian Assange, the year-old founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since June of He occupies a single room in the building, a couple hundred square feet of space cluttered with work and life. He avoids using email and tries to interact with his staff only in person. The book chronicles the afternoon in when he was visited by four individuals: Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google; Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas; Lisa Shields, vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations; and Scott Malcomson, the communications director for the International Crisis Group. He was living under house arrest in the rural Norfolk home of Vaughan Smith, a friend and ally, and was required to wear a tracking beacon on his ankle and to walk twenty minutes every day to check in with the nearest police station.
In When Google Met Wikileaks , Assange makes a case for the dark net by suggesting that the open web site we all know best has sinister intentions. The eccentric Wikileaks founder is holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has political asylum, but the action here takes place in the rural surroundings of Ellingham Hall in Norfolk, where he gave an interview to Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt in June while under house arrest fighting extradition to Sweden. The conversation coincided with Arab Spring uprisings, anti-capitalist protests and Wikileaks continuing to anger the United States by releasing diplomatic cables online. This is a settling of scores. So the Australian has set out a transcript of the exchange, alongside an account of what he has since learned of Google and its intentions. The atmosphere is friendly enough for Assange to ask Google to leak him any sealed US government orders for information on Wikileaks.
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Assange is consistently ahead of the curve. Bitcoin is an international, decentralized digital currency. Learn more at bitcoin. In June , Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country residence in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest. The two men debated the political problems faced by society, and the technological solutions engendered by the global network—from the Arab Spring to Bitcoin. They outlined radically opposing perspectives: for Assange, the liberating power of the Internet is based on its freedom and statelessness. For Schmidt, emancipation is at one with US foreign policy objectives and is driven by connecting non-Western countries to American companies and markets.