FROM Dave Marcus
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.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.