“In a game of digital Whac-A-Mole”

(@wikileaks, captured on 3 Dec 2010)

When I was writing with Han the paper on a growing phenomenon of “cyber-exile” in Korea, we sensed that it was not something uniquely Korean but indicative of what was bound to happen in other parts of the world. But what I didn’t realise was that I was going to see a global-scale version of it so soon. As The New York Times* rightly put it, “[this] whistle-blowing organization appears increasingly engaged in a game of digital Whac-A-Mole as it struggles to stay online”. And such struggle is, I understand, rooted in what Ethan Zuckerman terms “intermediary censorship” (2010).


* The quotation was taken from the original article, titled “WikiLeaks Changes Domain Name After Cyber Attacks”, before it was apparently replaced with an updated one.


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