ACTA protest day, February 11, 2012

Post edited 2012-02-12: more videos added and the reaction of Minister Verhagen has been given a post of its own, so it has been removed here. Bonus points if you can spot yours truly in any of the videos below.

I was at the protest in Amsterdam today and boy, was it ever cold! Still, it was good to be there, to hear the arguments, to speak with onlookers and wave at the many cameras pointed at us. Most of them were from tourists, but still. It was quite shocking to find out how little people knew about ACTA, if anything at all! Most had never heard about it until today. Continue reading ACTA protest day, February 11, 2012

FBI takes down Megaupload, Anonymous takes down FBI

Yesterday, the FBI took down file hosting service Megaupload.com, for suspected copyright infringement. Why wait for ACTA to become a reality when you can jump the gun, right? Also, this case proves that ACTA is not necessary to act against sites suspected of copyright infringement. Today, it seems Anonymous is up in arms against the FBI and plenty of organizations that support or want ACTA. Most of their sites are down. Here is the “official” announcement by Anonymous. As far as you can make official announcements when you have no membership and no spokesperson, of course. Continue reading FBI takes down Megaupload, Anonymous takes down FBI

Anonymous threatens to destroy Facebook (or not?)

In strong words, Anonymous condemns Facebook for its violation of user’s privacy. In addition, the collective announces that on November 5, Facebook will be destroyed. November 5 is Guy Fawkes’ Night in the UK, on which people celebrate the foiling of the gunpowder plot to blow up the House of Lords. The Guy Fawkes’ mask worn by the character ‘V’ in the film ‘V for Vendetta‘, has been adopted by members of Anonymous (or their supporters) and Anonymous has made references to Guy Fawkes before. Continue reading Anonymous threatens to destroy Facebook (or not?)