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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange On Apple's Censorship Policies

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had a Q&A session on SBS Dateline‘s website the other day, and came out with some quotes particularly relevant to the Australian tech media.

The quote above was Julian responding to the question from Gizmodian Jonathan: “Apple are being heavily criticised for censoring it’s platforms – is it appropriate for private companies who control mainstream platforms to censor? How can we stop this?”

But he also had some sage like advice to the media’s seeming lethargy to criticising the government’s proposed filter. A viewer named Marty asked: “Do you think there are any ways we can make internet censorship a bigger issue, half the people don’t even know about it, and so is isn’t having the attention it deserves.” To which Julian responded:

“The media deserve a lot of blame. Newspapers, magazines, TV and old-school journalists must be made to understand that as all their content goes online it wall fall under a national, centralized, secret, unaccountable, real-time censorship system.”

You can check out the entire Q&A session over on Dateline‘s website.

[DatelineThanks Jonathan!]
Image credit: Flickr User New Media Days


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