NOTE: I'm astonished. More than 10.000 pageviews in less than 24 hours are turning this post in a central reference for the Wikileaks struggle. I don't know how much time can Google resist the pressure so please remember to share this post in your social networks! You'll find more information and recent updates below.
- Mirror. Dou you have available space on your website? Then you can help creating a mirror -ie a full copy of the Wikileaks website- and making it available under your own domain. That way Wikileaks will resist even the hardest attack because their data will be distributed across thousands of independent random sites all over the network. Here you have instructions to set up a mirror. After that, don't forget to register your mirror in order to make it reachable for anyone and: share it on your social networks.
- Subdomain. Are you the legal owner of a top level domain name? (like mydomain.org) Then go to your domain control panel and create a new subdomain "wikileaks" binded to the IP address 188.8.131.52. (new IP updated 2010.12.04 17:36) That way a new domain name will be created allowing global access to the censored Wikileaks server from your own domain.In my case the new domain is: wikileaks.susobaleato.eu. Again: don't forget to share your contribution in your social networks!
- Icon. Do you have a blog, personal webpage or the like? Then add in your frontpage or in a new post an image linking to the latter IP address. That way your page will show a Wikileaks logo allowing an easy access to the censored server by just clicking on it. This is an example HTML code you can copy&paste and adapt for your needings: < a href=" http://184.108.40.206/" > < img src= " http: / / english.ruvr.ru/ data/2010/10/ 26/1210345812/ 240px-Wikileaks_logo_svg%20copy.jpg" width="40px"> < / a >
- Post. Can you publish news or comment them? Some people, specially in northern countries, does still have the freedom to express themselves in public ;o). If you are one of those fortunate individuals, please think about what the censorship of wikileaks mean to your own freedom of speech. Yes, you are right: you are loosing your freedom of speech. Indeed, all we are loosing our freedom of speach. So please: spread the news. Tell your friends about the censorship event, notify them about your new wikileaks subdomain... sharing the Wikileaks mirror list could be a good idea.
Is it needless to explain that those three ciberactions are not intended to just "solve" any technical problem, because the problem is not a technical -but a political one. Don't forget the reason why Wikileaks is under attack: powerful governments and corporations are trying to hide their "movements in the dark" from the public scrutiny.
While engaging into any of those simple simbolic but effective ciberactions you will be expressing your support to the Wikileaks project in the public sphere. That way you will be showing to your national politicians and corporations that freedom of speech and right to information access are values you want them to protect.
There is no Democracy without Freedom of Speech. There is no Freedom of Speech without personal commitment in their protection. Quoting John Perry Barlow on #Wikileaks:
The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops.
Perhaps we can find a way for expressing that metaphore without belic ideas implicit, but I believe that sentence is a very good description of what is happening here. Anyway remember: making war for peace is like making love for virginity!
Updated 2010.12.03 21:36 GMT+1 Of course there is the possibility that you don't fit in any of those cathegories. But you want to help anyway. So what to do then? Don't get frustrated! Remember that you have the most powerful tool to contribute to social changing: creativity. And also remember that you don't need to rely on the cyberspace: you can make use of the phone, you can send a letter to paper journals, you can write an article for your preferred magazine, you can hang a banner on your window... What about phone-calling your friends and family? Talk about the case, ask yourselves how you can make a contribution and organize some action -the most funny, the most effective- together. Also:
What about showing your support to Wikileaks on the street?.
Finally, if you don't feel confident enough to engage something by yourself, remember that you can always join the efforts of others! You can join some organization which shares those values with you. If that's your case, I'd like to strongly suggest you joining the Electronic Frontiers Foundation, an organization with a clear commitment with electronic rights where you'll find a lot of interesting and very competent people.
Updated 2010.12.04 15:36 GMT+1 Wikileaks was using Paypal service in order to allow people an easy way to support the project by donating money. This was possible thanks to the german Wau Holland Foundation. Suddenly today Paypal has decided to suspend the german account complaining that Wikileaks freedom of speech activity does not fit Paypal's Acceptable Use Policy. It is important to remember that Wikileaks work is completely legal -it is Freedom of Speech!!. Following Paypal's logic then Time Magazine is performing an illegal action publishing the cover this month.
We are succeeding in adding the Wikileaks censorship issue in the public agenda. Perhaps the time has come to propose a boycott against those companies who are suspending the services which support Wikileaks activity?. Please, think about that.
Meanwhile, remember that you can still choose anyone of the alternative ways to donate Wikileaks.
Updated 2010.12.05 17:53 GMT+1 I'm astonished. People from all over the world are massively accessing this page. More than 10.000 pageviews in less than 24 hours -and growing- from thousands of visitors all over the world -mainly Europe and USA- are turning this page as a central reference in the wikileaks struggle. I'm really impressed with the massive and global impact of this issue. I don't know how much time will Google (where this blog is hosted) resist the pressures to obscure this Wikileaks phenomena so: please share this post in your social networks (Facebook, Twitter and the like) to allow other people to engage the resistance against censorship by governments and corporations. Below you'll find a bunch of buttons to easily do that so: use them!
Please, don't give up. Freedom of speech, right to information: democracy itself: all they are now in our hands.