Another day, another bit of Wikileaks. It seems The Guardian slightly misunderstood the way the Internet works in claiming that Wikileaks had its domain name revoked by its hosts. Not quite. What seems to have happened is that its DNS server has stopped providing the DNS service. The domain name is still there, handled by Dynadot, it’s just that Wikileaks would need to find someone else to handle the DNS translation.
Of course, this is until Dynadot, which is US-based, feels the pressure for keeping the Wikileaks name flying high.
The moral of the story is, don’t upset Uncle Sam. He doesn’t like it when his actions, done in the name of the citizens of the United States, are exposed to those very citizens. That’s crazy talk.
Openness = bad.
Assange has actually conducted an interview on the Guardian, too, that may be worth your time.
I see this playing out much the way mass online piracy has played out. You take out Napster, Kazaa and Gnutella pop up. Those die, then there’e eDonkey. That dies, up pops BitTorrent-based distribution. Then release blogs, Rapidshare and Hotfile.
Should Wikileaks die—and who really doesn’t expect that at this point?—I’d be shocked if TwitterLeaks (or whatever) doesn’t pop up.
It’s very difficult to kill an idea, is all.