April 15, 2013

Good column on hacktivists

The Stone, the NYT's "philosophy" column, is usually dreck -- at least when Gary Gutting writes it. But today the column is a smart opinion piece written by Peter Ludlow. "Hactivists as gadflies" tears apart the United States' inane and overbearing prosecution of computer-savvy activists.

Really, it reads like a chronicle of North Korean tactics. But this is happening at the behest of the United States -- the home of, you know, freedom and all.

It's like the government is Richard Nixon, come back to life, and the hactivists are every hippie who ever existed. It is insane that these prosecutions are conducted without a rational basis -- and with such venom. Just ask Aaron Swartz.

Good column. Go read it.

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