Sunday, December 26, 2010

Does Assange have a point?

Check out this comment by Julian Assange:
"What are the differences between Mark Zuckerberg and me? I give private information on corporations to you for free, and I’m a villain. Zuckerberg gives your private information to corporations for money and he’s Man of the Year."
Take a look at that for a bit and marinate on it.

Does this comment point to a bit of hypocrisy? If you are familiar with Facebook you know that one of it dirty little secrets is its problems with privacy. When you put information up on Facebook that information stands a very good chance of being sold to ad companies and other corporations that see value in knowing what kind of drinks you like or what tv shows you watch. While a lot of people may not care about that kind of stuff getting out there are people who do care and most importantly there are a lot of people who simply didn't know that their information was being passed around like that, much less for someone else's profit.

On the other hand Assnage's product WikiLeaks does just about the same thing. Except instead of passing around what foods you like or what music you listen to it passes around little bits of information the government would rather you not know about.

So to ask his question how is it that selling information about people (who don't know said information is being sold) is worthy of such a great honor while giving away the government's dirty little secrets makes you public enemy number one?

(As with my other Assange posts so far I want to keep the discussion on the rape charges as separate as possible from the WikiLeaks situation. This one is about WikiLeaks. Tread accordingly.)