When Google Met WikiLeaks

When Google Met WikiLeaks

Julian Assange


In June 2011, Julian Assange got an strange customer: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from the US at Ellingham corridor, the rustic place of dwelling in Norfolk, England the place Assange was once dwelling lower than apartment arrest.
For a number of hours the besieged chief of the world’s most famed rebel publishing association and the billionaire head of the world’s biggest info empire locked horns. the 2 males debated the political difficulties confronted by way of society, and the technological suggestions engendered through the worldwide network—from the Arab Spring to Bitcoin. They defined considerably opposing views: for Assange, the freeing energy of the web relies on its freedom and statelessness. For Schmidt, emancipation is at one with US international coverage ambitions and is pushed through connecting non-Western international locations to American businesses and markets. those modifications embodied a tug-of-war over the Internet’s destiny that has merely collected strength subsequently.
When Google Met WikiLeaks provides the tale of Assange and Schmidt’s come across. either interesting and alarming, it comprises an edited transcript in their dialog and huge, new fabric, written by way of Assange in particular for this publication, offering the simplest to be had precis of his imaginative and prescient for the way forward for the web.

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