In a rare public appearance on March 15, at Cambridge University, Julian Assange told students that Facebook and Twitter played less of a role in the Middle East revolutions than has been previously suggested. But cables released by Wikileaks were instrumental in creating unrest and forcing the US government to back away from Egyptian president Muburak.
Assange also told students:
[The internet] is not a technology that favours freedom of speech. It is not a technology that favours human rights. It is not a technology that favours civil life. Rather it is a technology that can be used to set up a totalitarian spying regime, the likes of which we have never seen. Or, on the other hand, taken by us, taken by activists, and taken by all those who want a different trajectory for the technological world, it can be something we all hope for.
You can read more of Assange’s interesting statements at Cambridge here.