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Collective behavior is communications. No Com, no action.
The wheels of the neo-stazi security machine grind slowly, but exceedingly fine. Julian Assange has given it the push it needed- the clear warning of the need to regain control, to grind a far wider range of grist.
All over the world there are happy android-like functionaries, secure in their authoritarian cocoons, (I'm with the High Command! ) who apply serious brainpower to anticipating all those great ideas, and rendering them impotent to disturb the slumber of the masses of once-happy wage slaves.
For example, (recent lessons):
Innovation occurs first, at speeds that far exceed the process of restriction. At first.
Then app development, (more time needed, while the stazi-mill begins to stir, to scratch it's threat-detecting head).
Then we get to the distribution, and the need for a financing structure---whoops! There's the point where the ponderous wheels begin to really gain momentum, and regain control.
It's not just the authoritarians, the guvmint control freaks and paranoid banks who really own all the others who are a threat to a free net, it's the nature of the entire range of business models that work in a capitalist market free-for-all that structures how such stories play out.
The above example can be easily picked apart, but I suggest that for any process you can imagine, the following will be true:
The net is fragile. All the iterations, all the innovations I've seen so far have a choke point, a place where control can be applied, or a kill switch installed. And the rule of law is impotent to guarantee any redress. Because we as a species seem to have discarded the rule of law, we cannot now seek it's protection.
Look at what Bank of America is doing today. It has declared Assange a non-person and wikileaks the enemy, and will be supported by the rest of the financial community. Utterly outside any legal structure, with overt contempt for such anachronisms, it wields immense power to protect it's hegemony.
The net is indeed a net-a collection of cobwebs that can and is likely to evaporate when the aristocracy feels real fear.
The real task is to devise a secure system without a point where either a cutoff or a cutout can be installed by people with a million times your political and financial power.
Very tall order.
Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.
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