U.S. Court Orders Twitter Account Opened in WikiLeaks Investigation

A U.S. district court decided Thursday to grant the Justice Department access to the Twitter account of Birgitta Jonsdottir, Icelandic Minister of Parliament and WikiLeaks volunteer. Federal Judge Liam O’Grady ruled that Twitter users gave up privacy rights, including those to IP address information, when signing up for accounts on the popular microblogging service.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work