The Hazards of Nerd Supremacy : The Case of WikiLeaks - Jaron Lanier - The Atlantic
Jaron Lanier ne partage pas l’enthousiasme geek pour #WikiLeaks :
Wikileaks grew out of a forum hosted by John Gilmore, one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I almost became one of the founders of #EFF as well. I was at the founding meeting, a meal in San Francisco’s Mission District with John, John Perry Barlow, and Mitch Kapor. What kept me out of EFF was a sudden feeling — at that very meal — that something was going wrong.
There was a fascination with using #encryption to make hackers potentially as powerful as governments, and that disturbed me. I could feel the surge of ego: We hackers could change history. But if there’s one lesson of history, it is that seeking power doesn’t change the world. You need to change yourself along with the world. #Civil_disobedience is a spiritual discipline as much as anything else.