The psychic shape of the House shifted from a twoand-a-half-party system, which had ruled for more than two and a half decades, back to the old binary notation of the 1960s.
December 2010 The furor over the purloined cables released by WikiLeaks has now produced the first global Internet civil-disobedience movement which one activist claims is inspired by Gandhi. The online picketing of business sites like MasterCard and Visa has not only shown the power of online volunteers, but also contradictions in Western democracies that preach press freedom abroad while shrinking it close to their own bones. Online discussions and interviews with hacktivists also reveal their own contradictions as they grope for direction with their newfound power.
The December 7th arrest of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, on allegations of rape, unleashed a cascade of attacks surrounding the secret-sharing site. Computer assailants attacked WikiLeaks servers in Sweden, while Joseph Lieberman, chair of the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security, pushed corporations to withdraw services from the organisation. When Amazon, PayPal, MasterCard and Visa complied, incensed proWikiLeaks hacktivists joined the fray with a call to "Avenge Assange," suggesting his arrest was politically motivated, and protest Internet censorship.
Thousands of protesters around the world joined a virtual Internet gathering under the banner "Operation Payback," many volunteering their computers as foot soldiers in distributed denialof-service