The internet is the arena where conflicting uses of knowledge and power clash with conflicting interpretations of freedom and privacy. And at the centre of such battles are individuals, corporations and governments.
In this infographic we highlight seven individuals who have fought for freedom of information on the Internet. Some see them as heroes wrestling with dark forces of coercion, secrecy and control. Others insist that they are dangerous criminals whose actions compromised national security, placed livelihoods or lives at risks, and who abused the power of their knowledge rather than used it for the good of others.
Which side do you think they belong on?
Are these seven individuals heroic fighters for internet freedom? Or are they representative of the dark forces dismantling our security and destroying our businesses?
Each of these seven figures has stood at the heart of what is the fiercest contested ideological battle-ground in today’s society: the space where the internet, freedom of information, privacy and power intersect.
Here are their stories: you must decide whether they played the role of a hero or a villain. You, along with the rest of us, must decide how to define freedom of information.
Neomam is an infographic design agency that makes information freely available through the power of visual information. Founded in 2011 it brings stories, data and ideas to life and shares them across the globe for businesses and organisations.