The Internet's Own Boy and Me

Posted in Opinion on May 05, 2014

You would think a year on I would stop crying about it. You would think a year and five months would be long enough to get over the death of someone whose name and face you didn't even recognize in the first headlines.

Spying is Censorship

Posted in Opinion on Apr 30, 2014

It was February 6th, 2011 that I had to give some bad news to my wife. Her pseudonym (one she calls “as subtle as John Zeus”) was on the list of supposed “lieutenants of Anonymous” that Aaron Barr of HB Gary Federal had compiled.

What is it all about?

Posted in Opinion on Dec 09, 2013

This question is asked at every event activists have been taking part in lately: events related to privacy, the NSA, over-prosecution, protecting the fourth amendment and so much more.

The Vacuum That Created Anonymous, Wikileaks, and the Whistleblower Explosion

Posted in Opinion on Oct 27, 2013

I have been asked many times about the short period between January 2007 and now. Many wonder "Why now?" The people asking these questions are really wondering what exactly led to this new social development.

My Friend Barrett Brown

Posted in Opinion on Sep 25, 2013

Much has been said about Barrett Brown online and in the press. Some of it true, some of it lies, most of it sensationalist. Not much of it has been personal. I don't know where I am going with this, but here goes.

A Nation of Unconvicted Felons

Posted in Opinion on Aug 08, 2013

If you are reading this article, odds are you’re already a felon. Bold statement, I know. The problem is that I’m probably right. If you weren’t a felon when you started reading this paragraph, you are now.

Activism and Family

Posted in Opinion on Jul 15, 2013

Recently I was invited to speak at the Pirate Party of Massachusetts’ annual convention about my experiences in activism. Being one of the first guys involved in Anonymous’ transformation into a protest movement in 2008, I naturally have a lot to say about getting out in the streets and getting things done.

An Open Letter To President Obama

Posted in Opinion on Jul 06, 2013

By one reading, Mr. President, you are admitting that it is the duty of the executive, legislative and judicial branches to behave in such a way as to merit confidence from their constituencies, and you are warning that the cohesion of our society rests on their ability to do right by us.

Carmen Ortiz Has Released A Statement

Posted in Opinion on Jan 17, 2013

I wanted to use an image of the word LIAR, but was told it would be too much.

July 2011 Survey of MIT Professors About Aaron Swartz’s Case

Posted in Opinion on Jan 17, 2013

Less than a week after Aaron Swartz was indicted in July 2011 for downloading about four million articles from JSTOR on the MIT network, I conducted a survey of MIT professors on their opinions about Aaron Swartz’s alleged actions and access to academic documents. This survey asked the following three questions. All three questions were optional.