Virtual Revolution episode two - Enemy of the State?
Most of the content produced during the open source production process: blogs, rushes, research links, can be found through the main episode page for programme two: Enemy of the State?.
1 - Twitter challenges Iran, Tehran, June 2009
During the production Aleks Krotoski blogged about the challenges the web posed to the traditional notions of the nation state, and you can watch the rushes of our interview with Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams.
Building around the argument of the web's challenge to governments is Bill Thompson, who spoke eloquently of the web's potential at the Web at 20 launch event in July 2009:
Worth noting is that Andrew Keen strongly disagrees with such ideas.
2 - The internet and its history with (D)Arpanet - we have more rushes of the father of the internet, Vint Cerf, speaking to Virtual Revolution; we also spent some time trying to track down the owner of this film for inclusion as archive footage in the programme.
The visit to the main .com servers at VeriSign might pique your interest in a story/urban legend we found ourselves intrigued by during the production - that of the mysterious 14th Server.
Re Wikileaks: we have rushes from Daniel Schmitt's interview available on our site. Further info of interest is that while Wikileaks was shut down briefly in February 2008 by a US Court ruling (but opened again shortly afterwards), Wikileaks has recently succumbed to the pressures, not of law, but of finance, and shut down due to lack of funding.
Mitch Kapoor introduces John Gilmour's famous quote that the Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it - an interesting concept made famous as 'The Streisand Effect'.
China and the web raises a number of fascinating issues in the series, and anyone wishing to delve deeper into the topic, the rushes interviews of Xiao Qiang (describing 50 cent bloggers) and Professor Ross Anderson are essential viewing.
Ross Anderson's rushes also provide an excellent counterpoint to the matters discussed in President of Estonia's, Toomas Ilves' rushes clip, wherein he describes the cyber attacks which so damaged Estonia in 2007.
That's just a few of the links we should have shared during the programme. All this info and much more debate around the series - including concepts which we were considering, but never actually made the final script (so dissuaded were we by the responses from users and other bloggers), such as the notion that eBay was an emerging eNation in its own right - all are available through our site.
So... Over to you. What do you think about the internet and web's threat or support to governments and nations?