One key factor is embedded in the history of the Web and the many iterations of the Long War itself: The Internet has cultivated a public vested in its freedom. Each round of conflict draws in additional supporters, from hackers to the growing numbers of open-government activists and everyday users who believe, more and more, that the radical openness of the Web should set the pattern for everything. As the battlefield has become more vast – from laser printer code to transparency in global diplomacy – the Internet’s standing army continues to grow, and is spoiling for a fight.

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