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Barrett Brown Sentenced To 5 Years

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

Barrett Brown, the journalist and former associate of the hacking group Anonymous, was sentenced to five years and three months in prison by a federal...

The Hacker Wars Hits NYC

Chuck Gomez | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Chuck Gomez

Are hackers always the bad guys? Not according to a fascinating new documentary, The Hacker Wars by Vivien Lesnik Weisman, a critically-acclaimed filmmaker.

Private Spies Deserve More Scrutiny

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 06.18.2014 | Technology
Kevin M. Gallagher

Sure, the NSA, CIA and FBI deserve scrutiny, but we should devote our attention to the private sector also. Outsourcing has always been a convenient way to avoid accountability.

Jailed For Asking Who, What, Where and Why

Eric Matthies | Posted 04.04.2014 | Media
Eric Matthies

Forty in Turkey. Thirty five in Iran. Thirty two in China. Two in Russia. One in the United States. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), those numbers represent only some of the imprisoned journalists in 2013.

Why Barrett Brown's Trial Matters

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 02.16.2014 | Crime
Kevin M. Gallagher

Barrett Brown is being "punished for the crime of taking citizenship seriously." This is clear: he stands for values of liberty, transparency and privacy; though soon prosecutors in Dallas will try to persuade a jury otherwise. Increasingly, conscious citizens know the true score.

The Hunger Games Are Real: We Are the Districts

Carl Gibson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Only by winning elections at the local level, the state level, and the congressional level can we redistribute the wealth that the ruling class have unjustly stolen from those who worked to create it.

Anti-Establishment Journalist Has Spent 400 Days in Jail

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Kevin M. Gallagher

The charges pursued against him equate to a dangerous precedent, especially for anyone who reports on hacking or leaks of stolen information. It means that one can be charged with fraud and identity theft for simply pasting a hyperlink.

The Strange Case of Barrett Brown Just Got Stranger

Vivien Lesnik Weisman | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics
Vivien Lesnik Weisman

The prosecution made a motion for a "Gag Order" (a motion to disallow media) in the case of Barrett Brown. Brown is one of the subjects of my film, The Reality Wars, which is about the targeting of hacktivists, activists and journalists by the U.S. government.

Barrett Brown Awaits Trial on Spurious Charges in Texas

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 09.30.2013 | Technology
Kevin M. Gallagher

Barrett is a member of a new generation of journalists who double as activists, those who recognize that dissent is fully warranted against a media complicit in creating the conditions for war.

Barrett Brown vs. the Private Intelligence Business

Urizenus Sklar | Posted 08.23.2013 | Technology
Urizenus Sklar

In view of the recent exposure of the PRISM program by Edward Snowden, one might think journalist Barrett Brown would be in the news discussing the new revelations, but he isn't. He is in federal custody, facing charges that add up to 105 years in prison. The question is: Why?

Jeremy Hammond, American Political Prisoner

Vivien Lesnik Weisman | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Vivien Lesnik Weisman

The case of Jeremy Hammond is illustrative of a trend to target, overcharge and come down hard on those the state perceives as threatening. The supposed threats are due to their beliefs and/or actions toward information freedom and transparency.

Weev, the Hacker Who Didn't Hack AT&T

Vivien Lesnik Weisman | Posted 05.25.2013 | Technology
Vivien Lesnik Weisman

In a Newark courtroom last Monday, Andrew "weev" Auernheimer, 27, was sentenced to 41 months imprisonment due to finding and publishing a security flaw on AT&T's website. But a good part of the tech-savvy world interprets Auernheimer's exploits as a non-crime.

Former Anonymous Spokesman Arrested

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.13.2012 | Technology

A former spokesman for Anonymous was arrested late Wednesday, according to the hacker group and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, just hours after...