The Department of Justice just declared war––€”not on Wikileaks, but on journalism itself. This is no longer about Julian Assange: This case will decide the future of media.

Big: Venezuela's opposition leader just launched a coup. Reports coming in that the government is now blocking access to social media in response. Any interference with the right of the people to communicate freely must be condemned.

It is now undeniable that spies worldwide exploit the credulity of journalists to conceal their violation of human rights. This century will teach a harsh lesson: While terrorism is no existential threat to democracy, our political deference to intelligence agencies might be.

First they laugh at you, then they fight you, then... they admit you were right all along and maybe shouldn't have been violating everyone's rights in the first place?

The weakness of the US charge against Assange is shocking. The allegation he tried (and failed?) to help crack a password during their world-famous reporting has been public for nearly a decade: it is the count Obama's DOJ refused to charge, saying it endangered journalism.

Images of Ecuador's ambassador inviting the UK's secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of--like it or not--award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books. Assange's critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom.

Important background for journalists covering the arrest of Julian by Ecuador: the United Nations formally ruled his detention to be arbitrary, a violation of human rights. They have repeatedly issued statements calling for him to walk free--including very recently.

I see few covering the rumors of Ecuador's intention to unilaterally revoke Julian Assange's asylum refer to the formal rulings of the United Nations. Regardless of what you think of the man as a person, if you believe in human rights law, this matters.

Why do you suppose the Foreign Minister of Ecuador would choose today of all days to start tweeting about mechanisms for unilaterally revoking asylum claims?

We have done little to help the largest voting bloc keep pace as digital society evolves. As a result, “on average, users over 65 [on Facebook] shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as the youngest age group.”

This thread is a very good summary of why @Facebook, which famously makes its fortunes by exploiting the public in ways that are intentionally designed to be as close to criminal as possible, is suddenly calling for new "privacy" laws.

Vergiss nie, was sie hier gemacht haben. Da die @CDU_CSU_EP gestimmt hat für nie mehr Internetfreiheit, muss das Internet für nie mehr @CDU_CSU_EP stimmen.

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