HOW FAR DO YOU GO ON THAT? DO YOU GO ALL THE WAY TO, SAY, SUPPORTING DISTRIBUTED DENIAL OF SERVICE ATTACKS AGAINST COMPANIES, THE WAY SOME WIKILEAKS SUPPORTERS DID AGAINST PAYPAL AND AMAZON? I think all forms of resistance that are nonviolent are important. In fact, I think resistance to authority is incredibly important for a free society. That can take dangerous forms sometimes, but it's better than the opposite. Which is a society that rolls over and takes what you give them.
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU DO WITH THIS BOOK IS DRAW AWARENESS TO THE UNSEEN FORCES THAT ARE SHAPING THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET. WILL IT TAKE SOMETHING BIGGER THAN A WIKILEAKS-TYPE EVENT — EVENTS WHERE THE LIMITATIONS OF INTERNET FREEDOM ARE EXPOSED — BEFORE THIS BECOMES MORE OF A GENERATION-DEFINING CAUSE? I think right now we're still in a relatively open age. And it's not fashionable [to say so] — it's better, if you're trying to raise money or something, to say it's a huge threat. And there are threats on the horizon. I think we're still in a period where if you write a blog or a Wikipedia entry, you can get a lot of attention, and that small voices do occasionally get heard. The fact that WikiLeaks has managed to avoid the US government does show something. Right now, I don't think we're in this era of everything being closed. I'm just saying the signs are on the horizon. And nothing can be taken for granted.
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