I did an interesting experiment last week related to all this WikiLeaks buzz. I’ve been following the story for a while, as it’s interesting from a blogging perspective.
As an entrepreneur, and someone who’s managed through crisis’, I know that NOT EVERYONE needs to know EVERYTHING all of the time. In most cases, people can’t handle the truth. If we all knew how close the world was to utter disaster on a weekly basis, we’d probably all be going gray like most incoming Presidents seem to in their first few months of office.
While I admire the WikiLeaks ‘mantra’ of open, accountable government, I don’t like the guerilla-style attacks that all of these “anonymous” hackers have initiated in conjunction with attempts to stop the flow of confidential information. Granted, I think many of these so called hackers are not in any way related to WikiLeaks or Anonymous. I think they are probably just frustrated or bored.
I also really didn’t like that I published one blog post asking whether or not WikiLeaks was good or bad, and subsequently got hit by a denial of service attack that left me out of business for some 30 hours last week.
While this attack may not have even been related to anything “WikiLeaks”, it did cost me thousands of dollars and a whole bunch of frustration. Talk about gray hair.
What was really interesting, and great to see – because I was in crisis (ie: needing to bring some 15,000 blogs back live after being crushed by hackers or spammers), was that there are TONS of really talented techies out there.
I was encourage by the prospect of how much good can come when people on the web come together.
I won’t list the companies and individuals that helped bring our site back (I don’t want any trouble for them), but the collaboration was amazing.
Individuals in Florida, Maine and India worked together via Skype to troubleshoot and bring back our injured servers. In real-time, they worked together to solve a complex problem.
While the whole thing was going on, and while I was really wishing I had never mentioned WikiLeaks in my blog, I was able to catch an interview from Julian Assange, WikiLeak’s founder as he was being released from prison. While I don’t agree with his tactics, I did agree with something he said.
“Think of all the people who have no voice, who sit in prison with no hope, no legal team and no press coverage to help them out. Use my situation to bring attention to them…
Having spent some time in the 3rd world, I know that we as Americans have it pretty darn good. Our suffering is generally minimal. Justice and aid is usually not that far off. This is not so for many people. There are people right now that lay dying, sick, persecuted and hopeless.
An idea began to form. Why not come together in this world of open information, social networking and revolutionary spirit to do real good in the world. Rather than being angry, why not be helpful.
Instead of WikiLeaks, why not WikiPeace.
Spread the word.
P.S. Please don’t hack me or hit me with a denial of service attack. I get it, you can cause trouble. If you are that talented, I probably have a really, really good job for you.