Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, speaking to…
Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, has warned that the Internet was the “greatest spying machine the world has ever seen” and an obstacle to free speech. Speaking to students at Britain’s prestigious Cambridge University on Tuesday, the former computer hacker claimed that the Internet, particularly social networking sites such as Facebook, gave governments greater scope for snooping.
“There was actually a Facebook revolt in Cairo three or four years ago,” Assange explained.
“It was very small… After it, Facebook was used to round up all the principal participants and they were then beaten, interrogated and incarcerated.
“So while the Internet has in some ways an ability to let us know to an unprecedented level what government is doing… it is also the greatest spying machine the world has ever seen,” he added.
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