You can’t buy Julian Assange’s new book at Barnes & Noble. Or through And he probably wouldn’t be all that pleased if you “liked” it on Facebook, either. In Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet, Mr. Assange and three of his acolytes—Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Müller-Maguhn and Jérémie Zimmermann—warn us that the Internet, once a “platonic realm,” is now under attack not just from the state but also from corporations like Google and Facebook. They argue that the Internet is the “most dangerous facilitator of totalitarianism we have ever seen” and that, “within a few years, global civilization will be a postmodern surveillance dystopia” controlled by an omniscient combine of big government and big capital.

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