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What a Zuckin' drag! 'Frisco queens protest outside Facebook HQ over 'real names' policy

Facebook is once again facing protests for its controversial "real names only" rule. A group of picketers, including a prominent San Francisco drag queen group, turned up outside Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters today, complaining that the Facebook policies leave them open to discrimination. Native Americans and domestic- …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Jun 2015

Net neutrality Thursday PROTESTS: Time to learn your chant

Internet activists are planning a series of protests across the US on Thursday against a "hybrid" net neutrality plan that was leaked late last week. Protesters will gather outside the White House and in 14 other cities at 6pm to protest the plan "to show President Obama and his FCC chairman that the public will accept nothing …
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Hong Kong protest puts mesh nets to the test in state censorship smash

Protesters in Hong Kong have turned to the FireChat app to communicate electronically – because it uses mesh wireless networking and thus evades any attempt by the authorities to block the web amid ongoing unrest. Multiple reports from the area note how youngsters taking part in the uprising this week have connected with one …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Sep 2014

Net neutrality fans' joy as '2.3 million email' flood hits US Congress

This week's internet slowdown protest has been, as one might expect, declared a roaring success by its organizers, after US watchdog the FCC was once again forced to change its comment policy under a deluge of opinions. Organizing group BattleForTheNet said 2,039,500 people took part in the September 10th day-long campaign, …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Sep 2014
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Occupy Google: Protesters attack ad giant as I/O gets underway

Google's I/O dev conference is traditionally a time when the company basks in the love of its community: but some other Bay Area residents have been making their displeasure with the Chocolate Factory known in a very vocal fashion. Occupy Google protestors "Give me a G..." A group working under the hashtag Occupy Google …
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Pesky protesters FORCE GOOGLE STAFF INTO THE SEA

Just weeks after Google Buses carrying staff to work were held up and embroiled in anti-gentrification protests by furious Californians, Google has announced a solution. A shiny new boat service to ferry its employees across the Bay from San Francisco to Redwood City. There's tone deaf, and then there's corporate tone deaf. …
Jack Clark, 8 Jan 2014
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No way Moto: Chinese workers protest Google job cuts

Motorola employees in Beijing and Nanjing were out this morning protesting the job cuts announced by Google earlier this week. More than 150 people demonstrated outside the Motorola company office in the Chinese capital, after Googorola said that it would be slashing 20 per cent of its workforce, Chinese news website Sina …
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Facebook, Twitter just tools in Arab Spring

LCC Twitter and Facebook didn’t start the revolutions in the Middle East, but they did accelerate them, according to Yemeni activist Atiaf Alwazir. Speaking at the London Conference on Cyberspace, Alwazir told delegates that people were the real agents of change in the region, but the internet has helped to speed up their …
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OccupySF BOFH runs protest network on pedal power

Since the end of September, a small – but growing – group of protestors has set up camp outside the Federal Reserve Bank building on San Francisco’s Market Street to demonstrate against corporate greed, government inaction, and the squeezing of the middle and lower classes. The Occupy movement currently claims encampments in …
Iain Thomson, 13 Oct 2011
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Police kill mobile phone service to squelch protest

In response to a threatened protest in its subway system, San Francisco authorities temporarily shut down mobile phone service in the underground stations of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, known locally as BART. "A civil disturbance during commute times at busy downtown San Francisco stations could lead to platform …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Aug 2011
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Labour MP says police should clamp down on online incitement

Police need to clamp down not just on violent protesters, but also on the twits – and any other social networkers – who encourage them online. That was the view expressed by Labour Shadow Treasury Minister, David Hanson, who intervened during debate on last weekend's violent events in the centre of London, to remind the home …
Jane Fae , 1 Apr 2011
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Google exec/activist 'released' by Egyptian authorities

A Google executive who is believed to have been held in detention in Cairo since last month has been released, according to reports. Wael Ghonim, Google's head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, disappeared some time after 27 January, when public protests against President Hosni Mubarak began. The company …
Team Register, 7 Feb 2011
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Egypt back online

Egypt is returning to the internet even though protests are continuing in Cairo and other cities. President Hosni Mubarak said yesterday he would not seek re-election but would step down in September. Whether this represents the compromise protestors were looking for or a sign of weakness which will encourage them remains to …
John Oates, 2 Feb 2011
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Anonymous celebrates first anniversary of Scientology protests

Bemasked protest group Anonymous is marking the first anniversary of its campaign against the Church of Scientology with a round of further demos. The group will hold the 12th of its monthly protests against the Cruise-favoured organisation on 10 January, with others taking place on 17 January. Anonymous is a loosely- …
John Leyden, 6 Jan 2009
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Home Secretary rejects McKinnon anti-extradition plea

The Home Secretary has rejected a request to rip up an extradition order against accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon. McKinnon was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and solicitors for the Briton wrote to Jacqui Smith saying his medical condition ought to mean he should face criminal prosecution over his admitted hacking …
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2008
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Anonymous plans zombie Scientology protest

Anonymous is planning a zombie-themed protest in the latest phase of its long-running campaign against the Church of Scientology. The group, much in the news of late after a member reportedly hacked into the webmail account of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, is back on familiar ground with its ninth monthly protest …
John Leyden, 6 Oct 2008
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Anonymous fights Scientology in schools

The Anonymous collective has announced a new phase in its protests against the Church of Scientology, targeting the alleged mistreatment of youngsters by Scientologists. Operation: School's Closed is due to take place on 13 September and will involve a wave of protests against the "Church of Scientology management, its …
John Leyden, 4 Sep 2008
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Unions line up against airline ID cards

Unions representing airline and airport staff are to tell Home Secretary Jacqui Smith that her plan to force staff to carry ID cards will add nothing to airport security. They say she is adding complexity and expense to an already secure system. The Trade Unions Congress is to meet Smith later this week but has already written …
John Oates, 21 Jul 2008

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