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The news that Internet folk hero Aaron Swartz tragically ended his own life shook the Web this weekend, bringing sorrow to online activist circles—but also signaling a hardening of resolve among those who worked alongside him. At 14, Swartz co-authored the RSS 1.0 specifications.
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The "Occupy Wall Street" protests are gaining momentum, having spread from a small park in New York to marches to other cities across the country. So far, the protests seem fueled by a collective sense that things in our economy are not fair or right. But the protesters have not done a good job of focusing their complaints—and thus have been skewered as malcontents who don't know what they stand for or want.
9 December 2010 Last updated at 04:10 ET A member of the Anonymous group of hackers, which has been targeting firms it sees as being anti-Wikileaks has said the campaign is not over. Speaking on the BBC's Today programme, Coldblood said that "more and more people are downloading the voluntary botnet tool". This signs them up to a so-called botnet, an army of machines that can then launch attacks.
This letter of solidarity, signed over by 50 intellectuals and activists in China, was posted to Utopia yesterday . Thanks to everyone for the translation and editing work! From the middle of September, a great “Wall Street Revolution” has broken out in the United States. This street revolution, going by the name of “Occupy Wall Street,” has already expanded to over 70 cities and countries in North America, Europe, and other areas. In their statement on “The Wall Street Revolution,” the American people have sworn that this demand for “a democratic country, not a corporate kingdom” mass democratic revolution must spread to every part of the world, and they will not rest until this goal is met.