Hacker group Anonymous launches a new operation in support of Wikileaks. Students at the University of Puerto Rico protest against a proposed tuition fee. And a collective of photographers document the effects of the financial crisis on America.
WIKILEAKS: OPERATION LEAKSPIN
Following on from Operation “Payback”, here’s Operation “Leakspin”. In this online video, Anonymous announces a change of strategy. After having attacked companies considered as enemies of Wikileaks, this group of computer hackers is now encouraging web users to circulate as many documents leaked on Julian Assange’s web site as possible.
This blog has been set up for the new operation and invites Wikileaks supporters to carry out their own investigation work on the diplomatic cables. Objective: disclose the information concealed by the media and flood the web with their findings.
This page explains how this sort of participative journalism will work. Web users must send in an article to the site, based on one of the memos. The text will then undergo a validation process before being submitted to the general public, who will be able to contribute their own amendments.
And a ranking system has been set up on community based web site Reddit. Web users can use this tool to vote for the diplomatic memos they find the most interesting.
Other projects are also being set up in support of Wikileaks. Over 600 000 people across the globe have signed this online petition which was launched by NGO Avaaz to denounce the repression of Wikileaks, and what they perceive to be an attack on freedom of expression.
And finally a « Black Saturday » is planned for the 18th of December when web users will be asked to replace their profile picture on social networks with a black background as a sign of support for Wikileaks and Julian Assange.
STUDENT PROTESTS IN PUERTO RICO
Police officers positioned at the entrance to UPR, Puerto Rico University. This is what students in this Free State associated with the United States have been facing since last week. This police intervention comes after angry students carried out an eventful 2 day occupation of the university building. They are protesting against a proposed 800 dollar annual inscription fee due to be introduced in January, and are demanding the authorities retract their decision.
The president of UPR, Jose Ramon de la Torre, believes this police presence at the university is necessary and explains in this video that he requested it as a means to restore order and also, and more importantly to protect the lives of students and professors.
But some members of the teaching body are far from happy with these measures. On her blog, law professor Erika Torres, says she completely disagrees with this decision and believes that the university’s identity is now under threat.
And students have also been responding to the situation. On the site 80grados.net, one student group has issued a communiqué calling for students to boycott the University until the police have been removed.
And as people wait for campus to return to normal, mobilisation against the additional fee is not dying down. Students are now planning to increase peaceful demonstrations like this one to demonstrate their commitment to free access to a university education. And they are also asking the entire country to join their combat in messages posted on sharing sites.
A wave of foreclosures in Florida, the day to day life of the Ruberts family in Louisiana and also the food banks in Detroit … « Facing Change » is a collective of photographers that is seeking to document the effects of the financial crisis on America. The project is inspired by the work of photographers appointed by the US government in the 1930s to portray an America hit by the Great Depression.
DAMN YOU AUTO CORRECT
A day at Disney turns into divorce or the word poem suddenly transforms into porn. When the IPhone’s auto correct decides to play tricks on its users, it can either lead to misunderstandings, or make you fall about laughing. On the blog “Damn you auto correct” there is a whole host of SMS exchanges that have been made comical by the corrector, prompting many users to deactivate this function.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Fans of Hawaii University’s American football team were recently lucky enough to witness an unbelievable performance: not by their favourite players but by the team’s marching band. At half time, the musicians formed a giant football player kicking a ball, to the great delight of the spectators in the stadium.