To make a long story short, Kim Dotcom is an Internet entrepreneur glorified by some and vilified by others for his rather shady business endeavors involving file sharing. Perhaps his most well-known endeavor until recently was the file-sharing site, Megaupload. However, as you may remember, Megaupload was axed by the US Department of Justice in January of last year, while Dotcom faced (still pending) legal action.
Well Kim Dotcom isn’t one to let the law keep him down, because he’s back with the creatively named website, Mega, which bears more than a little resemblance to Megaupload. But as Kim Dotcom told The Guardian, he has even higher hopes for Mega, and these go beyond keeping his fingers crossed that the government doesn’t come breaking down his door again. Instead, Dotcom hopes to soon equip Mega users with secure, encrypted email accounts. Dotcom reasons that soon “you won't have to worry that a government or Internet service provider will be looking at your email.”
To me, this can only imply that Dotcom may be gearing up to host even more legally questionable activities, using Mega as a shelter. And, ultimately, I’m not sure what to make of it. On one hand, I think Dotcom may play an important role in a culture in which Internet security and privacy are becoming more and more prevalent issues. On the other hand, I think Dotcom may be pushing the boundaries a little too far, thus undermining the legitimacy of his cause as a whole.
What do you guys think? Is Kim Dotcom taking the necessary steps to combat big brother? Does his legally questionable activity undermine his credibility? Is there any way to effectively advocate Internet privacy and security without getting your hands dirty?