The wikileaks debacle continues. What’s most interesting is not that Julian Assange’s Swiss bank account has been frozen and the UK has received an arrest warrant for the man himself, but rather that all the interest is creating the same result you’d expect in any ecosystem – all the chum in the water is drawing a lot of sharks.
We saw this when bittorrent was being aggressively attacked as the prime vector for piracy. After enough silly lawsuits – BAM – we got seedless torrents (which are essentially untraceable). There would have been no need for seedless torrents if people had been able to use them as they had; which was the minority of the time. Instead, the RIAA created an entire secondary market for music by forcing people to find ways to pirate more effectively.
It’s exactly what’s caused antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hyper-sterilized hospitals, or the explosion of Humboldt squid in the wake of the gulf oil spill. Destabilize an existing ecosystem and the most effective species explode in population.
The same thing is happening now with big businesses, and WikiLeaks is a great example. Yes, WikiLeaks may succumb to international attention and the concomitant media and litigious frenzy. But what emerges in its wake will be hundreds of times more effective.