Anonymous (group) Anonymous (used as a mass noun) is a loosely associated international network of activist and hacktivist entities. A website nominally associated with the group describes it as "an internet gathering" with "a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives". The group became known for a series of well-publicized publicity stunts and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on government, religious, and corporate websites. Anonymous originated in 2003 on the imageboard 4chan, representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain. Anonymous members (known as "Anons") can be distinguished in public by the wearing of stylised Guy Fawkes masks.
“Homeless hacker” Commander X quits Anonymous, retreats to robot lab Last year, I traveled to Canada to write a long profile of "homeless hacker" Christopher Doyon , who goes by the name "Commander X" and who is on the run from the US government. (Doyon brought down a California county's website for 30 minutes, with the help of Anonymous, as part of his protest over an "anti-sleeping" law targeting homeless people; he is under indictment in the Northern District of California and is the only known Anon who has jumped bail to live "in exile.") Doyon's life has been by turns bizarre and dramatic, but last week the online drama surrounding Anonymous proved too much even for him—and he quit. Now, that's saying something, because Doyon—as I mentioned—has his own flair for the dramatic. Here, for instance, is how he sums up his work with both Anonymous and his own group, the People's Liberation Front (PLF): I have been an activist for 30 years...
youtube: Alexa O'Brien This video is of Alexa O'Brien's interview with David Coombs, lead civilian counsel for Private First Class Manning on August 21, 2013 immediately after sentencing. An excerpt of this interview aired that afternoon on Huffpost Live and was embedded on Huffington Post. The next morning, 40 minutes of this interview aired on Democracy Now!. The following is Alexa's interview with David in its entirety available for embed or download. We welcome bloggers and media outlets to use this footage as it is the only comprehensive long-form interview with Manning's counsel and sheds an important light on one of the most historic and heartbreaking cases of whistleblower prosecution to date. As Judge Denise Lind handed down a sentence of 35 years to Private First Class Manning the press pool was already framing the narrative of how the sentence would be reported upon from that moment forward.
2013 protests in Turkey The 2013–14 protests in Turkey started on 28 May 2013, initially to contest the urban development plan for Istanbul's Taksim Gezi Park. The protests were sparked by outrage at the violent eviction of a sit-in at the park protesting the plan. Subsequently, supporting protests and strikes took place across Turkey protesting a wide range of concerns, at the core of which were issues of freedom of the press, of expression, assembly, and the government's encroachment on Turkey's secularism. With no centralised leadership beyond the small assembly that organized the original environmental protest, the protests have been compared to the Occupy movement and the May 1968 events. Commander X Quits Anonymous and Hacktivism Commander X, aka Christopher Doyon, one of the more flamboyant – if not exactly the most powerful – "members" of Anonymous, has had enough of the loose organization and has officially quit the movement along with the People's Liberation Front, an activist group made up mostly of him. Despite his penchant for drama and exaggeration, or perhaps because of it, he has been a central figure in the Anonymous movement, if only by inspiring others to do the actual work.His involvement though has cost him a lot. He is essentially homeless and has been living in Canada for the past months, after evading police in the US, where he's wanted for taking down a California county website as part of an online protest. "In the past few years, in order to support this 'Commmander [sic] X' persona I have sacrificed my family, my freedom, my home—and even my country. I will never regain these, I will die as a man without a family or country," he explained in his final message.
The CaMV promoter story The CaMV promoter story The Biosafety Protocol concluded in Montreal reaffirms the precautionary principle but the problem is one of ensuring that the principle is implemented, as illustrated by the case of the CaMV promoter. The CaMV promoter is a gene-switch from the cauliflower mosaic virus which is incorporated into practically all current GM crops. Recent scientific findings reveal it may be highly unsafe. Anon on the run: How Commander X jumped bail and fled to Canada “You scared?” asks the fugitive in the camouflage pants as he sidles up to our pre-arranged meeting point in a small Canadian park. He wears sunglasses to hide his eyes and a broad-brimmed hat to hide his face. Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops by Jonathan Latham and Allison Wilson How should a regulatory agency announce they have discovered something potentially very important about the safety of products they have been approving for over twenty years? In the course of analysis to identify potential allergens in GMO crops, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has belatedly discovered that the most common genetic regulatory sequence in commercial GMOs also encodes a significant fragment of a viral gene (Podevin and du Jardin 2012). This finding has serious ramifications for crop biotechnology and its regulation, but possibly even greater ones for consumers and farmers. This is because there are clear indications that this viral gene (called Gene VI) might not be safe for human consumption.
Stratfor emails reveal secret, widespread TrapWire surveillance system It looks like Anonymous’ strategy of focusing more on the impact and dissemination of already leaked information, rather than continuing to go for quantity, is really starting to pay off. Analysis of Stratfor leaks reveals that former senior intelligence officers have installed a detailed surveillance system “more accurate than facial recognition technology” across America. Working from a secretive base in North Virginia, Abraxas has developed a programmed called “Trapwire.” RT reports: Every few seconds, data picked up at surveillance points in major cities and landmarks across the United States are recorded digitally on the spot, then encrypted and instantaneously delivered to a fortified central database center at an undisclosed location to be aggregated with other intelligence.
The Very Real Danger of Genetically Modified Foods - Ari LeVaux New research shows that when we eat we're consuming more than just vitamins and protein. Our bodies are absorbing information, or microRNA. Update 1/12: Thanks to science and biology bloggers, Christie Wilcox and Emily Willingham at the Scientific American blog network and The Biology Files, respectively, we've learned of the scientific inconsistencies made in Ari LeVaux's most recent Flash in the Pan column, which is syndicated by a number of newspapers and magazine websites. This column has been expanded and updated for AlterNet, with LeVaux discussing specific improvements in the comments.
How Genetically Modified Foods Could Affect Our Health in Unexpected Ways January 11, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: What is MicroRNA? MicroRNAs are a class of post-transcriptional regulators. They are short ~22 nucleotide RNA sequences that bind to complementary sequences in the 3’ UTR of multiple target mRNAs, usually resulting in their silencing. MicroRNAs target ~60% of all genes, are abundantly present in all human cells and are able to repress hundreds of targets each. These features, coupled with their conservation in organisms ranging from the unicellular algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to mitochondria, suggest they are a vital part of genetic regulation with ancient origins. MicroRNAs were first discovered in 1993 by Victor Ambros, Rosalind Lee and Rhonda Feinbaum during a study into development in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) regarding the gene lin-14.
Eugenics and the human genome project Christophe Larroque History 215B: “Artificial Life, From The Golem To Human Cloning” Professor Michael John Gorman November 13th, 2001