PayPal Latest To Cut Off Wikileaks

from the political-pressure dept

Over the weekend, Paypal became the latest company to cut off Wikileaks' account, saying that it was a "terms of service" violation -- the same excuse Amazon gave. Of course, Wikileaks had been using Paypal for quite some time before this, so it seems pretty clear that the reasoning was (yet again) political pressure put on American companies, threatening them for working with Wikileaks. What's funny about all of this, of course, is that it's only going to serve to give Wikileaks more attention, and drive up demand for competing services to these US companies overseas. In an effort to "stop" access to information that is widely accessible, all the US is really doing is (a) promoting that information more while (b) harming the reputation of American companies.

Filed Under: terms of service, wikileaks
Companies: paypal, wikileaks

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    Richard Kulawiec, 6 Dec 2010 @ 4:57am

    Re: No, there's a drawback!

    Updating many mirror sites is a trivially easy problem for anyone who knows how to use rsync; I've used it to keep over a thousand copies of certain data synchronized. It's not the only way of course, but rsync+cron is a free, scalable, simple solution that anyone equipped with basic Unix/Linux system administration skills should be able to deploy.

    And there ARE many mirror sites: one tally I saw this morning says that there are now 70. I'm sure that's only the beginning. Soon there will be hundreds, then thousands -- and I presume that not all of them will be public, that is, I presume that some will be held in reserve as insurance.

    As to size, well, nobody (out here) knows how much data Wikileaks actually has, but certainly the entire diplomatic cable database will fit comfortably on a modest USB stick, and I'll bet that their entire holdings will fit on a single (large) USB disk. A terabyte just isn't as big as it used to be. ;-)

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