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I'm posting some links here because they look interesting and because I think I'll want to return to them later.

Charles Stross: "Julian Assange, defending our democracies (despite their owners' wishes)"

zunguzungu: "Julian Assange and the Computer Conspiracy; "to destroy this invisible government"

Julian Assange: "The non linear effects of leaks on unjust systems of governance" (PDF)

The use of the word "conspiracy" is a bit weird here, but it doesn't appear to be used in the stereotypical way. The writers are not talking about grand plots hatched in secret lairs beneath volcanoes, but about a natural tendency that emerges in a group of people with a common interest as they gradually acquire more and more power within a larger society in which many people may not share that same interest. It might even be a natural outgrowth of game theory (the convoluted dance of cooperation, deception, trust, defection, and so on), but then that means I really need to read some more.

(My gut feeling about WikiLeaks is that it's a good thing.)

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