In a series of tweets yesterday Kim Dotcom has explained some of his plans. “The new Mega will offer one-click-encryption of ALL your data transfers, on the fly, easy to use, free of charge, TOTAL PRIVACY!” he said, asking developers of “up/download & file managers, email & fax tools, VOIP & video apps” to mail him “for early API access.” Together, “Our API and your Mega tools will change the world,” he announced.
Dotcom is a showman who exudes self-confidence. It could be bluster, or it could be genuine – only time and his continued freedom will show which. He is still fighting extradition from New Zealand to the US on charges of facilitating copyright infringement – and money laundering and racketeering. In a separate development a New Zealand judge has now granted him access to NZ$6 million ($6.1 million) from his frozen bank accounts in order to pay his mounting legal fees and living expenses (he had earlier been given access to funds to pay for living expenses but not legal fees).
It is still not certain that New Zealand will proceed with his extradition, nor that any case against him will succeed in the US. Dotcom himself is certainly bullish. “They abused the wrong guy. I am going to turn this world upside down. Power to the people. Bye bye Echelon [a reference to the global spy system supposedly operated by the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia]. Hello Freedom,” he tweeted yesterday. And he is fighting back against the US government, pointing people to the site kim.com. “The war for the internet has begun,” it states. “Hollywood is in control of politics. The government is killing innovation.”