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Friday FTW: Hacker group Anonymous declares war on Hunter Moore

  In my most recent WTF Wednesday, I wrote about the atrocities of the infamous sex troll Hunter Moore. Then yesterday, hacker group Anonymous gave the “revenge porn” lover a taste of his own medicine, inspiring a Friday FTW. But first, let me back up. Over the weekend, Anonymous launched a public war on Moore, saying… More »

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Toronto's G20 weekend in 7 Tweets

Thousands of people who experienced the G20 summit weekend in Toronto have their own individual stories—some of them terrifying, we’ll have some from our own correspondents soon—and Twitter was one of the main ways that the narrative was shaped. Lots of people took their smartphones into the streets to document the protests and the police… More »

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Diaspora wants to be your private, decentralized, open source Facebook

If you’re like me and you shudder to think of the store of personal information you’ve inadvertently let loose online, you’ll be happy to know that a few altruistic software programmers are on the case. Four NYU students recently decided they’d had enough of heavily centralized, corporate-minded social networking sites. They took on the task… More »

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Friday FTW: Two new websites making government more open and transparent

This week we learned that government transparency in Canada is in pretty bad shape with the release of the information commissioner’s report. But it’s not all bad news: Two new websites have launched in the past few days that aim to shine a light on the activity of government, civil servants, and elected officials. April… More »

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Wednesday WTF: Government transparency risks being "totally obliterated"

From the Afghan Detainee torture scandal to the Helena Guergis Magical Mystery Police Adventure, governmental transparency is at a dangerously low ebb and risks being “totally obliterated,” says the interim access-to-information commissioner Suzanne Legault. Her report, released yesterday, gave low ratings to 13 out of 24 government institutions on their compliance with requests for information,… More »

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Rest assured, This Magazine is not distributing malware.

UPDATE, Sunday, March 28 — Google has re-scanned the site and the problem is solved. Ads will be back, problem-free, in the next day or so. — If you visited the magazine’s site today using the Firefox or Chrome browsers, you likely saw a window like the one above, warning you that This.org stands accused… More »

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Body Politic #9: The right to choose (to live-tweet your abortion)

In the Twitter-verse, news spreads fast, is debunked faster, and is retweeted before you can think of something better to say. Gordon Lightfoot can attest to this, I’m sure. So when a long story is slowly told through the 140-character limit, it tends to make people pay attention. That’s what happened when Angie Jackson decided… More »

Interview: Jesse Hirsh on the Prorogue, Facebook, comedy, and small-group activism

[Editor's note: an experimental guest post today from online-culture columnist and Tumblr-er Rea McNamara, in Skype-chat-conversation with Jesse Hirsh. The large screengrabs of that chat below may not display 100% correctly for everyone, please let us know if you have insurmountable trouble.] TGIF, if only to sit back and click through the old media misunderstanding… More »

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Prorogue, Facebook, and the politics of self-doubt

It’s been a week now since the Prime Minister’s December 30 announcement that the house of commons would be prorogued until March 3, 2010. Peter Mansbridge’s toothless interview with the Prime Minister last night (first question: the underwear bomber? Seriously?) was disappointing. Mansbridge didn’t challenge the PM on anything of substance, and used that favourite… More »

Wednesday WTF: The craziness spreads in Le Journal de Montréal lockout

[This was meant to auto-post yesterday, but didn't, for some reason. So it's kind of "WTF Thursday" today...] Reporters sans frontières has now waded into the mire that is the lock-out of employees at Le Journal de Montréal. Unlike many public figures, who have thrown their hats in the union’s ring, RSF’s secretary-general, Jean-François Julliard, sided… More »