Ordinary failures of Internet service providers, web hosts and other communications gatekeepers have been keeping me busy lately. That and extraordinary computer maintenance associated with viruses is making the Internet experience more exasperating every day. But temporary access denial from password security problems originating from good intentions, I fear, is merely the tempest before the storm.
As the global netwar escalates in the aftermath of the Wikileaks exposures, official resources are undoubtedly being mobilized to counter transparency on the Internet, and like in China, more and more states — especially the US — are going to react with a vengeance.
Some of my colleagues involved in revealing unsavory aspects of governance — i.e. covert operations, fraud, psychological warfare — have already been hacked by authorities, harassed by vigilantes, or threatened by anti-democratic thugs. I figure it’s only a matter of time before someone goes after my online presence.