FROM Quinn Norton
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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.