Monthly Archives: June 2016

Assange and the Politics of Tech

The founder of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange announced this week that the whistle blower organization will be planing on releasing and publishing another stream of sensitive information that has implications of adversely affecting the presidential hopefull Hillary Clinton. This will be coming from her private email serve while she served as secretary of state and will be a major blow to her already spotty credibility. What remains to be seen is if the information provided will amount to anything substantive that could be used in a court of law against her, or whether or not it remains something that they cannot offer as evidence. The reason being is that for all intensive purposes its going to be highly irregular and illegal the way it was obtained. That being the case this may only clear a path for a Trump presidency which has everyone wishing we could go back in time one year and rectify this whole political arena and mad house we find ourselves in today. This is all considered within the larger context of economy of tech. 

Assange said that, “we have upcoming leaks in relation to Hillary Clinton… we have emails pending publication.” the sites founder Julian Assange told U.K’s ITV Sunday He was not able to indicate how many said emails he would be publishing, nor how the site would or when the release would occur, but we can rest assured
that it is going to be a big one. He was been critical of the presumptive Democratic nominee, but told ITV that Loretta Lynch would not indict her. “she’s not gonig to indict Hillar Clinton, that’s not possible. It’s not going to happen. But the FBI can push for concessions from a Clinton Gov.” 

This is a crazy political arena we find ourselves in considering the recent attacks in Orlando that resulted in the death of 50 individuals and the injury of 51 others. Hillary is calling for stronger more hawkish attacks on ISIS which is strange considering that ISIS was not responsible for the recent attacks. At the end of the day we can safely assume that the limited freedoms we enjoy now in terms of net neutrality and privacy on the internet are going to be greatly curtailed and even totally eliminated this time next year. Either candidate is going to be trample individual liberties and greatly affect what we understand as normal when it comes to our interactions with the government. It is in a sense the culmination of what Edward Snowden warned against several years prior. In so far as his warning that even if you feel that the tools of government are too powerful, they remain in hands you more or less trust not to abuse said power. However, whoever wins the upcoming election, all bets are off, and we are going to be trust into a political free fall that may be the last one we ever know. Like a forest that is too choked out from any light reaching its roots, so too is the state of the American political arena, where in the only way it can be purged or cleaned is with a cleansing fire.