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Laurie Penny: Occupy the Media

Laurie Penny: Occupy the Media

By Laurie Penny Of all the many outrages, anticipated and unanticipated, that I have seen perpetrated by American police against peaceful protesters and members of the public this week, perhaps the most chilling has been their harassment of journalists on the job. As law enforcement cracked down on Occupy encampments around the country, a pattern began to emerge whereby officers moved in the small hours of the morning, held members of the press in police “pens” away from … Read entire article »

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DSG: Wikileaks Moment / Napster Moment

DSG: Wikileaks Moment / Napster Moment

By DSG Source: DSG The ongoing News International fiasco appears, on the face of it, a good old-fashioned scandal, a “Watergate” for our times, as the #hackgate hashtag suggests. This, the story goes, is a case of a brave investigative journalist bringing hitherto unknown corruption to light in the mainstream media, and, in exposing it, raising questions about the hidden links of the rich and powerful. It’s been a nice return to classic Fleet Street values of speaking truth to power, … Read entire article »

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Charles Arthur: How LulzSec Hacked The Sun’s Website

Charles Arthur: How LulzSec Hacked The Sun’s Website

By Charles Arthur Source: The Guardian Weakness in a disregarded server was used to gain access to News International systems and then redirect traffic to fake web page, and then to LulzSec’s Twitter feed.   The LulzSec attack on News International’s systems to redirect readers from the Sun to a fake story, and to try to get at its internal email store, appears to have been two-pronged. Some of the more skilled hackers, including some from the hacker collective Anonymous, had been probing it … Read entire article »

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Billy Bragg: Never Buy The Sun

Billy Bragg: Never Buy The Sun

By Billy Bragg: A song about the News of the World scandal called “Never buy the Sun”. Debut at Garforth Arts Festival. Recorded in his dressing room before the show. (video) … Read entire article »

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Laurie Penny: The Momentum Of The Murdoch Backlash Must Not Slow

Laurie Penny: The Momentum Of The Murdoch Backlash Must Not Slow

By Laurie Penny: The Murdoch red-tops are not moral arbiters, they are brutal mercenary machines. For years, the Murdoch press has manipulated a particular type of moral outrage in order to peddle its propaganda of war and hate. Now, with the scandal of Milly Dowler, the murdered schoolgirl whose phone was reportedly hacked by a detective employed by News of the World, that very same moral outrage has been turned back against News International. It’s like an attack-dog … Read entire article »

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Dan Hind: The Limits of Acceptable Controversy

Dan Hind: The Limits of Acceptable Controversy

By Dan Hind: The News of the World scandal is finally taking on its proper dimensions in the minds of the British people. It has long been obvious to insiders that elements in the media were systematically flouting the rule of law. They made illegal payments for information and engaged in phone hacking on an industrial scale. They bugged the phones of senior politicians, celebrities and, now it seems, the victims of crime. Those on the outside have had … Read entire article »

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Language Of War

Language Of War

BY strangesanum91: (video) One man’s collateral damage is another man’s son… “The frightening thing about the use of euphemisms is their power to efface the memory of actual cruelties. Behind the façade of a history falsified by language, the painful particulars of war are lost.” -David Bromwich Source: strangesanum91 (6/10/2011) … Read entire article »

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Aaron Peters: The Communication Commons – Resisting The Recuperation Of The Internet By Capital

Aaron Peters: The Communication Commons – Resisting The Recuperation Of The Internet By Capital

By Aaron Peters: “A community will evolve only when a people control their own communication” - Frantz Fanon Why is it that most of those keen to praise the democratic and participatory potential of digital technologies have tended to come from the ranks of techno-scientific workers as opposed to the usual centres of the left? Combining rhetorics of liberalism, libertarianism, anarchism and undeniably, communism – it has historically been groups such as the ‘Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility’ (CPSR) … Read entire article »

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Nir Rosen: Western Media Fraud In The Middle East

Nir Rosen: Western Media Fraud In The Middle East

By Nir Rosen: Too many journalists report official narratives of the powerful, missing the stories of working class people. Too often, you consumers of mainstream media are victims of a fraud. You think you can trust the articles you read - why wouldn’t you? You think you can sift through the ideological bias and just get the facts. But you don’t know the ingredients that go into the product you buy. It is important to understand how … Read entire article »

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Julian Assange: Facebook, Google, Yahoo Spying Tools for US intelligence

Julian Assange: Facebook, Google, Yahoo Spying Tools for US intelligence

By Julian Assange: The man behind WikiLeaks says his website’s revelations are just the tip of the iceberg. In an exclusive interview with RT, Julian Assange said it is only a matter of time before more damaging information becomes known. (video) … Read entire article »

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Syria’s Twitter Spambots

Syria’s Twitter Spambots

By Jillian C York: Twitter isn’t always a tool for protest – in Syria pro-regime accounts have been set up to flood the pro-revolution narrative.   As demonstrations rage on Arab streets, a different battle is happening on Twitter. In Morocco, Syria, Bahrain and Iran, pro-revolution users of the site have found themselves locked in a battle of the hashtags as Twitter accounts with a pro-government message are quickly created to counter the prevailing narrative. Deemed a revolutionary tool … Read entire article »

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The Global Youth Revolution

The Global Youth Revolution

A video interview with Julian Assange. Length: 17:48   Source: 2DF (1/4/2011) … Read entire article »

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TNS Disclaimer: Sharing Information is Political!

TNS Disclaimer: Sharing Information is Political!

By The New Significance: One of the most incredible features of today’s online technology is the ability to share information with anyone — anywhere — around the world and with only the minimum amount of effort contained in your index finger when pressing down to click on a mouse.  This act is so subtle that many of us who do it tens, hundreds, if not thousands of times daily — never think about it.  How could … Read entire article »

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The Internet’s Unholy Marriage to Capitalism

The Internet’s Unholy Marriage to Capitalism

By John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney: The United States and the world are now a good two decades into the Internet revolution, or what was once called the information age. The past generation has seen a blizzard of mind-boggling developments in communication, ranging from the World Wide Web and broadband, to ubiquitous cell phones that are quickly becoming high-powered wireless computers in their own right. Firms such as Google, Amazon, Craigslist, and Facebook have … Read entire article »

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Policing Content on Social Media Sites

Policing Content on Social Media Sites

By Jillian C. York The Internet acts like a new global commons, but crucial platforms are privately owned and subject to corporate rules. A year ago, after learning of numerous friends who had “lost” content on social media platforms – or had found their accounts “disappeared” for terms of use violations, I started writing a paper on the subject. That paper, Policing Content in the Quasi-Public Sphere, was released in September 2010 during an Internet freedom conference in Budapest … Read entire article »

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