Matt Mullenweg was interviewed by Hermoine Way of The Next Web at Le Web last week (also see his interview on stage). He was asked what he thought the biggest tech story of the year was, and responded: WikiLeaks.
It’s not 100% technology related, but WikiLeaks I think, has rocked the world. It’s rocked the diplomatic world, it’s rocked the political world, and it’s rocked the tech world. And the implications of what happens when information that’s out there is sort of universally shut down by all governments. So, we’ll see. I hope that the web views censorship as a bug and routes around it.
Way continued, asking whether he thought there was any justification behind the censorship of WikiLeaks, and Mullenweg said:
Independent of the content of the leaks and everything like that, I think that once information is out there — a free press, a truly free press, and I consider WikiLeaks a part of the press, is a foundation of a free society, a democracy. So we should treat WikiLeaks just like we treat The New York Times and The Guardian. And if we’re going to talk about shutting WikiLeaks down it’s a very slippery slope to shutting The New York Times down.
The full video is available after the jump, though the Mullenweg section is only the first minute or so.