REVIEW: Keep Rootin’ for Putin by Barrett Brown

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Reviewing: Keep Rootin’ for Putin, get a copy from the Free Barrett Brown people HERE. Today, Barrett Brown is in court for – hopefully – the last time. As we wait for news from his sentencing, I urge everyone to spend some time reading this persecuted journalists’ work. I picked up Keep Rootin’ for Putin in December (during his 1st sentencing… Read more »

Reading: Keep Rootin’ for Putin

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Get the book HERE. If you aren’t reading Barrett Brown’s work, you should be. This week, I’m reading his latest book, Keep Rootin for Putin, after witnessing (from afar – thanks, Twitter) the depressing spectacle of his December 16th sentencing. LOL jk, I mean “sentencing.” More like a sorry excuse to drag the poor guy in front of an apathetic… Read more »

Reading: Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free

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“Information… doesn’t want a damn thing. This is a fight about people, and people want to be free .” I’m reading: Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, Cory Doctorow’s latest non-fiction book on laws for the Internet Age (aka Doctorow’s Laws……. dude, love the humility ). Like all his books, it’ll probably wind up on his site for free… Read more »

Will the Internet Ever Have a Library?

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Will the concept of a library die with the advancing digital age? Listen, if you haven’t heard – although the gaping vacuum in the Internets is hard to miss. That’s the whisper, in ever corner of the digital ‘verse, of the Pirate Bay vanishing, taking with it massive swaths of culture-hungry, file-sharing traffic. It’d hardly be news, except that… Read more »

Pirate Bay Founder Spends Another Birthday Behind Bars

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On October 17th, Gottfrid Svartholm – founder of the Pirate Bay and Scandinavia’s favorite hacking scapegoat  – will spend his birthday behind bars… for the third time. We already know why we should still care about Anakata’s post-Pirate Bay trials, and how tech-illiterate prosecutors are a chilling side effect of the digital age. But today, how about just dropping a card… Read more »

Artists Have Opinions, Get Over It

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This post was inspired by a TorrentFreak comment thread earlier this week. But it could have been inspired by any number of interactions I’ve had over the years as an artist with a political opinion. It’s been said a hundred times, but I say it again because it keeps needing to be said: Artists can make up… Read more »

Interview: Imprisoned Pirate Bay Founder Peter Sunde

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Please sign the petition to help Peter! This is an English version of the latest interview with Peter Sunde where DN.se journalist Hanna Fahl talked with the Pirate Bay founder about being wanted by Interpol, standing in the European Elections, debt, and goldfish. The original is in Swedish, I just tried to smooth out the translation. Please… Read more »

Mats Kolmisoppi “On Prison, My Brother, And Our Father’s Illness “

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Please sign the petition to help Peter! On September 15 shortly after his father’s death, Mats Kolmisoppi, brother of Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, made a rare statement about his brother’s imprisonment and the effect on their family.  The original is in Swedish, but even through the clunky filter of Google Translate, the moving, heartbreaking commentary shines through. This is a crucial perspective,… Read more »