FROM Cole Stryker
Anonymous and the Real World Implications of 'Hacktivism' With hangings, beheadings and mass murders, drug cartels have created a culture of fear in Mexico, which extends even to the Internet. In a recent YouTube video , a masked figure recently accused the Zetas cartel of kidnapping a member of Anonymous, threatening to reveal the names of civilians involved with Los Zetas if that person wasn't released. Was the cyber-collective called "Anonymous" practicing vigilante justice or an elaborate hoax? We hear more about Anonymous and Internet security.
'Anonymous' and Privacy on the Internet With hangings, beheadings and mass murders, drug cartels have created a culture of fear in Mexico, which extends even to the Internet. A YouTube video that went viral has drawn attention to a cyberspace collective calling itself "Anonymous." By threatening to expose civilians connected to the murderous Mexican drug cartel, Los Zetas, did Anonymous reveal a strain of vigilante justice or just an elaborate hoax? The incident is just one example of an Internet subculture that provides an outlet for discontent and the power to raise havoc in both cyberspace and the real world. We hear about the evolution of "hacktivism," the "hivemind" and the controversy about anonymity and security on the Internet.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?