Happy Birthday, Julian Assange

    image3 июля 2014 года Ассанжу исполнилось 43 года.

    В детстве он сменил 37 школ, а первый компьютер ему подарила мама в 16 лет.

    Он вел несколько передач на канале Russia Today.

    А еще он вдохновил Сергея Мавроди на старт МММ-2011

    Некоторый малоизвестные выходки/достижения/события из жизни Ассанжа:

    1) Джулиан изучал математику, физику и программирование в Central Queensland University, в 1994 и в Университете Мельбурна (2003-2006), но степень так и не получил.

    2) Ассанжу не нравилось, то что студентов привлекают к работе над компьютерными проектами для военных и выступал против этого.

    3) В 1987 году Джулиан начал «хакать» под ником Mendax, что означает «благородно неправдивый».

    4) He organized the hacker group International Subversives, along with two hackers under the pseudonyms Trax and Prime Suspect.

    5) He and his group hacked into the Pentagon, the US Navy, government organizations such as NASA, MILNET and Australia's Overseas Telecommunications Commission; privately held Citibank, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, Panasonic, and Xerox; and educational institutions such as Australian National University, La Trobe University, and Stanford Research Institute.

    image6) Julian co-author of the book “Computer Underground. Stories of Hacking, Madness, and Obsession. ” Dreyfus Sewlett .

    7) He was spotted at breaking into the Melbourne master terminal of Nortel, a Canadian multinational company, and was summoned to court in 1991.

    8) In 1993, Assange gave technical advice to the Victoria Police Child Exploitation Unit (organization for the protection of children) and assisted in filing lawsuits.

    9) In the same year, he participated in the launch of the Suburbia Public Access Network - the first free / free public Internet system in Australia, providing access to the web, IRC, mail, etc. for citizens and non-profit organizations.

    10) He was charged on 31 counts of hacker attacks and related crimes in 1994, of which he pleaded guilty to 25 in December 1996 and six of them were dropped. It's funny that Julian hacked into the computers of the Australian federal police while they investigated his hacks.

    11) In 1996, Julian launched 'Best of Security', a computer security advisory website with 5,000 subscribers.

    imageAccording to rumors, Assange's hacker group was involved in the creation of the WANK worm that infected NASA. image

    12) In 1997, he supported research for 'Suelette Dreyfus's Underground', a book about Australian hackers that describes his hacker group, International Subversives.

    13) In 1998, he became one of the founders of his first and purely Australian company Earthmen Technology (“Earthlings Technologies”), with the goal of developing “network intrusion detection technologies”

    14) In 1999, he registered the leaks.org domain, but did not fill it with anything. Today, the domain is owned by Andreas Fink, CEO and owner of Backbone ehf, a backbone provider in Iceland.

    15) In 2000, he wrote Surfraw , a command line interface for web search engines. It is currently in the public domain as part of the Debian project .

    image16) Officially, WikiLeaks was launched in 2007 in Sweden, as in this country, laws to protect the anonymity of citizens were strong.

    17) Assange constantly moved. He has been to Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, France, and Germany (2007-2008); Was in Austria, Spain, Malaysia and Denmark (2009); visited Iceland, USA, Norway, Australia, Belgium, Sweden and the United Kingdom (2010)

    18) He earned the title of Time magazine "Person of the Year" (readers' choice) in 2010.

    19) September 26, 2012 appealed to the UN with a request that the US government stop its persecution.

    20) In November 2012, his book “Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet” was publishedimage

    21) The old Assange site - iq.org

    About WikiLeaks

    1) WikiLeaks withstood all attacks (both sanctioned and unauthorized), including from the Pentagon, from the Chinese Public Security Bureau, from the former President of Kenya, the Prime Minister of Bermuda, Scientologists, the Catholic and Mormon Churches, the largest Swiss private bank, and Russian companies.

    2) WikiLeaks has published more intelligence data than all the other press services in the world combined.

    3) For the month, WikiLeaks raised 20,000 euros in donations in 2010.

    Assange in Russia

    1) Transmissions to RT The Julian Assange Show with translation.

    Gear Trailer

    2) Assange reacted negatively to the film "Fifth Power" , accusing the authors of distorting real facts, and recommended that you watch the film "Mediastan" better .

    For CryptoParty in Moscow, activists translated Assange’s appeal: “Call for cryptographic weapons”:

    Call for cryptographic weapons
    The world is not just gaining features, it is rapidly turning into a new transnational anti-utopia. Outside of intelligence, no one is aware of this trend. It is hidden by a veil of secrecy, complexity and scale. The Internet, our main instrument of liberation, has been turned into the most dangerous conduit of totalitarianism that has ever existed. The Internet is a threat to human civilization.

    These changes went silently, because those who understand what is happening work for the global surveillance industry, and are not interested in publicity. Moving along the intended trajectory, over the course of several years, global civilization will turn into a postmodern anti-utopia of total observation, which only the most skillful loners can escape from. In fact, it is entirely possible that we already live in it.

    When theorists reflect on the importance of the Internet for global civilization, they are mistaken. They are mistaken because they do not have a sense of perspective that direct experience brings. They are mistaken because they have never met the enemy.

    None of the images of this world can not stand even the first meeting with the enemy.

    We met with him.

    Over the past six years, Wikileaks have encountered almost every powerful state. We know what a new state of observation is from within, because we have learned its secrets. We know how it feels in battle, because we had to protect our people, finances and resources from it. We know him on a global scale, because we have people, assets and information in almost every country. We know how it developed, as we fought with it for many years and saw how it grew and grew deeper and wider. Like an invading parasite, it feeds on societies fused with the Internet. It is spreading around the planet, infecting all states and peoples on its way.

    What is to be done?

    Once upon a time, in the distant kingdom, an unknown state, we, the builders and citizens of the young Internet, talked about the future that awaits our new world.

    We saw that soon with the help of it all relations between people will be built, and that the nature of the state, which depends on how people exchange information, their capabilities and economic resources, will also change.

    We have seen that the merger of existing government structures with the Internet will open up opportunities for changing the nature of the state.

    First, states are systems through which coercion is carried out. Groupings within the state can compete for loyalty, creating the appearance of democracy, but the foundation of states is the systematic use and prevention of violence. Land ownership, property rights, rents, dividends, taxation, court fines, censorship, copyrights, trademarks - all this is planted under the threat of state violence.

    Most of the time we don’t even realize how close to violence, because we all make concessions in order to avoid it. Like sailors following the wind, we rarely think about those gloomy structures on which our everyday world is based.

    If the Internet is a new world, what will coercion be based on?

    Does this make sense? Is it possible to talk about coercion in this other world, which resembles the platonic realm of ideas and information flows? Coercion, with which you can change historical documents, listen to phones, separate people, destroy monuments, erect walls, like an occupying army?

    The platonic nature of the Internet, ideas and information flows, is devalued by its physical origin. It consists of fiber-optic cables at the bottom of the ocean, satellites circling above our heads, computer servers in buildings around the world, from New York to Nairobi. Like the soldier who killed Archimedes with an ordinary sword, the armed police can take control of the highest achievement of Western civilization, our Platonic kingdom.

    The new world of the Internet, separated from the old world of gross atoms, longed for independence. But states and their friends sought to control our new world - by controlling its physical foundations. A state, like the army around an oil well, or a customs officer collecting bribes at the border, will soon learn to control our platonic reality, using its power over physical space. It will strangle the independence that we dreamed about, and then, capturing fiber-optic cables and terrestrial satellite stations, it will massively intercept the information flows of our new world - its very essence - even if they cover all human, economic and political relationships.

    The state sticks to the veins and arteries of our new societies, absorbs every sent message and every thought driven into the search, and then it will forever store this knowledge in huge and top-secret vaults, billions of interceptions per day, a source of inconceivable power. Complicating search algorithms and templates, it will penetrate deeper and deeper into these bowels, into the collective intellectual product of all mankind. By increasing its own wealth, it will increase the imbalance of power between the interceptors and the world of those who are being intercepted. And then the state uses its new knowledge in the physical world to start wars, target drones, manipulate UN commissions and trade deals, and to ensure the benefits of its vast network of industries, insiders and friends.

    But we have discovered something. Our only hope is in the fight against their unlimited power. Hope, which together with courage, insight and solidarity, we can use for resistance. A strange property of the physical universe in which we live.

    The universe believes in encryption.

    Encrypting information is easier than decrypting.

    We saw that we can use this strange property for the laws by which our new world will be built. That with the help of it you can save our new Platonic kingdom from the bases that dominate it in the form of satellites, submarine cables and those who control them. That we can strengthen our space with a cryptographic barrier, create new lands that are forbidden for those who control physical reality, because in order to follow us, they will need infinite resources.

    And in this way we can assert our independence.

    Scientists of the Manhattan project discovered that the universe allows you to create an atomic bomb. This opportunity did not lie on the surface. It could be that nuclear weapons are contrary to the laws of physics. But the universe believes in nuclear bombs and nuclear reactors. They are a phenomenon that nature itself has blessed, as well as salt, sea or stars.

    Similarly, the universe, our physical universe, has such a property that allows an individual or group of individuals without special knowledge to automatically and securely encrypt something so that, even having all the resources and all the political will of the most powerful superpower on earth, it will not be possible to decrypt. And the paths of encrypted communications, intertwined, will be able to create entire regions free of the external coercive power of the state. Free from mass interception. Free from state control.

    Thus, people can oppose their will to even a fully mobilized superpower and defeat it. Encryption is the embodiment of physical laws, and they do not care about the threats of states, even transnational anti-utopias of control.

    It could be that encryption would not be possible in our world. But we are lucky, the universe favors cryptography.

    Encryption is the most elementary form of non-violent direct action. When a nuclear weapon state can threaten millions of individuals with unlimited violence, strong cryptography only means that even with unlimited violence, the state cannot encroach on individuals' desire to keep secrets.

    Strong cryptography can withstand any amount of violence - no matter how you apply coercive force, you cannot solve a mathematical problem with it.

    But can we accept this strange property of our world and put it in the foundation of the project for the liberation of mankind in the platonic reality of the Internet? And when the Internet engulfs society, can this freedom be reflected back into the physical world and rebuild the foundations of the state?

    Again, states are systems that determine where and how coercive force is applied. The

    ideals of cryptography and cipherpunk let us know how much coercive force can leak into the platonic reality of the Internet from the physical world.

    As states plunge into the Internet, and the future of the Internet becomes the future of our civilization, we must change the disposition of forces.

    If we lose, the Internet universe will turn global humanity into one gigantic system of mass surveillance and control.

    We must raise the alarm.

    The time has come to arm ourselves with the technologies of our new world, in order to fight for ourselves and those we love.

    Our task is to ensure independence where we can do this, to restrain the onset of dystopia where complete independence is not possible, and if all this does not work, then accelerate the process of self-destruction.

    Julian Assange, London, October 2012

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