Thank you, Geert, for sharing this important article.
I have one question in response which is: Why should we think that Amazon's EC2 is necessarily any "better" than Facebook or Twitter? After all, in the case of Wikileaks, it was Amazon that fell like a house of cards at the slightest political blustering, while, actually, Facebook and Twitter seemed to hold their ground. Actually, as was previously discussed here
, Twitter even seemed to put their neck on the line a bit in support of Wikileaks members.
Now I'm not saying Facebook or Twitter in any way provide any sort of way forward to Dave Winer's goal of a "distributed web", but rather just that neither does Amazon EC2, as far as I can tell.
Of course, the truly distributed system that we really need may never be realized. But I believe be a huge step forward would be some truly public space on the Internet ("public" as in non-commercial and accountable, at least in some sense, to the people). As far as I know, no such thing exists -- at least not in the US. Is anyone aware of any such examples in the US or elsewhere?
I suspect that if Wikileaks had been hosting their server on some truly public Internet space (if we can even imagine such a thing), we would've seen some very interesting legal action, instead of the tired argument about "well, Amazon is a commercial enterprise, so they are free to do with their customers whatever they chose."