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This is a fascinating interview on the ‘Alyona Show’ with an anonymous hacker who is a part of ‘Operation Payback’ and has gone to cyber war against the websites of businesses, banks and politicians that have either spoken out against or stopped doing business with WikiLeaks. In the internet age, anyone with a computer has the power to severely disrupt large institutions. While there are certainly negative aspects of this new decentralized landscape, the scope for radical change is breathtaking. We’ll see who wins this cyber war, but regardless of the outcome, it will set a precedent for more action against concentrated power that could have far reaching consequences for big business and government. And in my view, that’s a serious victory for democratic action in a world where individuals are virtually helpless against corporate and state interests:
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.