‘Cyberlibertarianism’ is an ideology about new technology which promotes the decentralisation of networks, so believes in giving more power to the users by not having a central hub of control. In regards to the internet, a major idea is that information should be shared freely and be accessible to everyone equally. The criticisms of this idea become immediately apparent when looking at the mixed responses to cases of people such as Julian Assange, who freely posted government secrets to the public online. Is it an invasion of privacy, or do the public have a right to know everything their (usually elected) leaders are doing?
Something this reminds me of is the phone tapping scandal by News International in the past few years, which was harshly condemned as it was an act of leaking highly personal information which, unlike as could be argued with Assange, did not really concern the public. Leaking things that are of a personal nature seem to be seen as worse than leaking government secrets by the general public, for example Assange is seen as a role model by many. Which makes me wonder why, if we seem to object to personal information being taken and published for everyone to see, there are so many websites centered around freely publishing private, irrelevant information about celebrities?
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I’m inclined to think the latter position on personal/celebrity information being leaked, but as for government leaks I’m struggling to decide. I’d like to say it makes sense to give us this information as it effects us, but I can’t shake this feeling about there being a privacy issue here…