When Google Met WikiLeaks

When Google Met WikiLeaks

Julian Assange


In June 2011, Julian Assange acquired an strange customer: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from the USA at Ellingham corridor, the rustic place of abode in Norfolk, England the place Assange was once dwelling lower than apartment arrest.
For numerous hours the besieged chief of the world’s most famed rebel publishing association and the billionaire head of the world’s biggest details empire locked horns. the 2 males debated the political difficulties confronted by means of society, and the technological recommendations engendered via the worldwide network—from the Arab Spring to Bitcoin. They defined extensively opposing views: for Assange, the freeing energy of the web is predicated on its freedom and statelessness. For Schmidt, emancipation is at one with US overseas coverage pursuits and is pushed via connecting non-Western nations to American businesses and markets. those alterations embodied a tug-of-war over the Internet’s destiny that has in basic terms accumulated strength subsequently.
When Google Met WikiLeaks provides the tale of Assange and Schmidt’s come across. either interesting and alarming, it includes an edited transcript in their dialog and wide, new fabric, written by way of Assange in particular for this ebook, supplying the easiest on hand precis of his imaginative and prescient for the way forward for the web.

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