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Reddit's popular 'ask me anything' feature is down after a key employee is gone

Reddit's popular 'ask me anything' feature is down after a key employee is gone | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Reddit AMAs are taking a break after communications director Victoria Taylor is gone.
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Reddit's popular Ask Me Anything (iAMA) feature is offline following a key employee's departure.

Subreddit moderators are revolting and setting their sections to private today after Reddit's director of talent,Victoria Taylor was allegedly dismissed.

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Prosecution of Anonymous activists highlights war for Internet control

Prosecution of Anonymous activists highlights war for Internet control | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Glenn Greenwald: The US and allied governments exploit both law and cyber-attacks as a weapon to punish groups that challenge it
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"The issue here is not whether Anonymous activists can be rightfully prosecuted: acts of civil disobedience, by definition, are violations of the law designed to protest or create a cost for injustices. The issue is how selectively these cyber-attack laws are enforced: massive cyber-attacks aimed at a group critical of US policy (WikiLeaks) were either perpetrated by the US government or retroactively sanctioned by it, while relatively trivial, largely symbolic attacks in defense of the group were punished with the harshest possible application of law enforcement resources and threats of criminal punishment.

That the US government largely succeeded in using extra-legal and extra-judicial means to cripple an adverse journalistic outlet is a truly consequential episode: nobody, regardless of one's views on WikiLeaks, should want any government to have that power. But the manifestly overzealous prosecutions of Anonymous activists, in stark contrast to the (at best) indifference to the attacks on WikiLeaks, makes all of that even worse. In line with itsunprecedented persecution of whistleblowers generally, this is yet another case of the US government exploiting the force of law to entrench its own power and shield its actions from scrutiny."

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Wearing a mask at a riot is now a crime - Canada - CBC News

Wearing a mask at a riot is now a crime - Canada - CBC News | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
The bill that bans the wearing of masks or disguises during a riot or unlawful assembly became one of Canada's newest laws today.
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There is an unhealthy dose of doublespeak in this particular bill. Doubtlessly, bills such as these go hand in hand facial recognition technology - another example of a sociotechnical system being put together to counter emerging practices of dissent.

 

"Richards argues that his bill will actually help protect the legitimate right to protest because it will help prevent illegitimate protesters from infiltrating a peaceful event and causing trouble. He also said police told him the existing Criminal Code provision about disguises is more geared toward armed robbery offences and is difficult to apply in protest situations."

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