The Gad About Town by Mark Aldrich: Activism, Anonymous, Hacktivism and Human Rights. The Courage Foundation supports the legal needs of individuals around the world who are faced with prosecution (and persecution) for whistle-blowing—funds go towards legal fees and the foundation organizes public campaigns on behalf of the whistle-blower. As the Courage Foundation states in its materials, “Whistle-blowers become the public’s regulators of last resort. Without them, we would know far less about international diplomacy, offshore banking or the excesses of the War on Terror. Because whistleblowers are a vital link in the chain, they are also vulnerable.” At present, the Courage Foundation supports seven individuals: Edward Snowden, Jeremy Hammond, Matt DeHart, Emin Huseynov, Barrett Brown, Lauri Love, and Chelsea Manning.
Updated, May 2, 2017: Barrett Brown was released from FCI Seagoville yesterday. In an article in D Magazine, a publication in Dallas for which he writes an occasional column, Brown reports that he was (...) Read more
The High Court of England today granted Lauri Love permission to appeal his extradition to the United States. No date has been set for the hearing. Permission was given because “the High Court acknowledged (...) Read more
The waiting is torture enough. Any individual placed in confrontation with the legal system knows that the process somehow moves too quickly in the most painful ways and then too slowly in other, equally (...) Read more
A group of human rights activists and members of Anonymous launched an operation directed at Iran on March 24, #OpFOQ, to focus attention on a mass kidnapping in Iraq, to force the government of Iran to (...) Read more
I admit that my expertise in psychological warfare is limited to good spy novels, better histories, and bad Twitter behavior. Over the last month or so, a campaign to smear and harass a friend of mine has (...) Read more
Published exclusively in The Gad About Town. This is the second article in a series. The first part is here: “‘You don’t act like an American.'” * * * * In May 2012, Judge Aleta A. Trauger of the United States (...) Read more
Lauri Love, the British hacktivist who the United Kingdom has agreed to send to the United States to face charges despite pleas from over 100 MPs that he not be extradited, was permanently banned from (...) Read more
Published exclusively in The Gad About Town … * * * * The Courage Foundation supports the legal needs of individuals around the world who are faced with prosecution (and persecution) for (...) Read more
In the last week of January, members of a group that calls itself the Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians started to reside in an unoccupied mansion owned by a Russian oligarch in London. The group (...) Read more
Lauri Love and friends took over a famous property in London this week to help the homeless * * * * The sources behind Andrey Goncharenko’s wealth are not publicly known. Like many other members of the (...) Read more
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