John Perry Barlow
"The world lost a true hero today, a Renaissance man who was a relentless warrior for our freedom."
How vulnerable is the internet to such a break-down? It's already gone down twice.
Julian Assange's weapon of choice is a 256-bit encryption key. The rapid duplication of WikiLeaks content to more than 208 mirror websites represents a global counter-force that is now worldwide.
It's not hard to tease out the implications of turning America into a geography of city-states. So why did some of the speakers and attendees take the possibility seriously?
Michah Sifry opened with a live video of oil gushing into the Gulf. The freedom to see the disaster didn't change the fact that we weren't doing anything. Remote engagement only takes you so far.
The Grateful Dead were chosen by Obama himself to rock the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball, and I'll be reporting, blogging and tweeting the play-by-play live somewhere between the deadheads and the political heads.