One of my arguments for anonymous commenting is the tendency of people to avoid giving honest negative feedback unless they can do it without negative social consequences to themselves. (Okay, that's my guess about why people don't want to say negative things to their friends. Maybe there are other things going on instead or in addition. Moving on...) As someone who really appreciates feedback about what I could be doing differently and/or better, I want to provide people with ways to get me that information.
Artists and criminals are often the first to push the boundaries of technology. Barrett Brown is a criminal who has actually helped inspire art — the TV show Mr. Robot. Its protagonist is a hacktivist — a hacker who breaks into computer systems to promote a cause.
Brown was connected to Anonymous, a group that hacked a private security firm to reveal secrets. He is now out and living in a halfway house in Dallas.
From Free Jeremy!
It’s been almost a year since we’ve had new pictures of Jeremy, but, as they say, good things come to those who wait!
As always, photos of Jeremy are a rare treat. As you can see, Jeremy is looking strong and healthy, posing with comrades from Manchester FCI. I’ve spoken with numerous people who have served time with Jeremy, both in New York and in Manchester, and they assure me that Jeremy is well-liked by his fellow inmates. Jeremy himself tells me that he is doing well, that there is no “news” to speak of, really, and that he appreciates the letters, books, and articles that people send him.
On Sunday, the 13th of September, an article was published on It's Going Down (https://itsgoingdown.org/the-new-neo-nazis-how-matthew-heimbach-is-build...) detailing the rise of the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN). TYN is an authoritarian, Christian Fascist group, which tries to organize the white nationalist, Neo-Confederate, and Neo-Nazi white Right-wing together into a united front.
In a world that is increasingly virtual, hacking and the internet (i.e. hacktivism or... direct hacktion?) seem like an appropriate angles of attack, or at least stand as options. Anonymous's decentralized and informal organization methods, black-bloc inspired mask-wearing (taken from self-proclaimed anarchist Alan Moore’s graphic novel V for Vendetta), and general distaste for authority hits many familiar notes among anarchists.
From The Hill
The global hacker collective known as Anonymous is storming the international political scene with a brash hacking campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The shadowy anarchist group, which is known for waging online attacks on everyone from the U.S. government to the Church of Scientology, is trying to dismantle the vast social media operation that helps ISIS recruit new followers.