In July, a little over six months since the January raids on Megaupload, Kim Dotcom told the world his now-infamous service would be back.
“MEGA will return. Bigger. Better. Faster. Free of charge & shielded from attacks. Evolution!” the Megaupload founder announced on Twitter.
Coming from most regular people in the online space, such claims might be considered fanciful, particularly given the precarious situation Dotcom and his associates find themselves in. But with enthusiasm, energy and positivity coming out of his every pore, there is something about the larger-than-life German that inspires confidence that these were not casual off-the-cuff remarks.
Today, in a series of announcements, Dotcom has added to his earlier promise that not only will Megaupload return, it will indeed be bigger, better and more secure than ever before.
“Developers get ready. The Mega API [application programming interface] will provide incredible powers. Our API and your Mega tools will change the world,” Dotcom said.
Knowing Dotcom’s history of never doing anything in half measures or on a modest scale, the Internet entrepreneur says he’s going large with the new Megaupload and is inviting almost everyone to join him in scaling the system.
With a shake of the head towards those who he claims preside over a corrupt administration, Dotcom implies he is excluding one nation from supplying infrastructure to the new Megaupload.
“We are building a massive global network. All non-US hosters will be able to connect servers & bandwidth,” he explained.
According to Dotcom we can expect a Megaupload with an even greater range of applications than just file-sharing. While developers of file managers are being encouraged to get in touch for early API access, Dotcom is also calling out to those involved in email and fax tools, VOIP and video apps.
And to those looking forward to a new Megaupload with more privacy, Dotcom says that the new service will offer one-click encryption of all data transfers, on the fly, and for free.
“They abused the wrong guy. I am going to turn this world upside down. Power to the people. Bye bye Echelon. Hello Freedom,” Dotcom concludes.