Aaron Swartz

The Internet's Own Boy and Me

Brian Knappenberger's documentary about Aaron Swartz, "The Internet's Own Boy" will be released in select cities this summer. You can see the trailer here. Follow @InternetsOwnBoy for updates and screenings. The following is an essay by my wife. She has been struggling with completing this since his death, and finally… Read More

Spying is Censorship

Spying is Censorship

It was February 6th, 2011 that I had to give some bad news to my wife. Her pseudonym (one she calls “as subtle as John Zeus”) was on the list of supposed “lieutenants of Anonymous” that Aaron Barr of HB Gary Federal had compiled. Barr's intention was to identify the… Read More


What is it all about?

This question is asked at every event activists have been taking part in lately: events related to privacy, the NSA, over-prosecution, protecting the fourth amendment and so much more. We all get asked by media, passers by, family, friends, and anyone needing clarification. The problem with this particular question is… Read More

Investigative Journalism

The Vacuum That Created Anonymous, Wikileaks, and the Whistleblower Explosion

I have been asked many times about the short period between January 2007 and now. Many wonder "Why now?" The people asking these questions are really wondering what exactly led to this new social development. A culture of leaking, whistle-blowing, and hacktivism targeting censorship, oppression, and human rights violations. There… Read More

Barrett Brown

My Friend Barrett Brown

Image by Nikki Loehr. Much has been said about Barrett Brown online and in the press. Some of it true, some of it lies, most of it sensationalist. Not much of it has been personal. I don't know where I am going with this, but here goes. I first talked… Read More


Installing Ghost on Ubuntu, Nginx and MySQL

I have spent the last few hours getting my new copy of Ghost installed and working on a fresh Ubuntu 13.04 server with nginx and forever. Someone out there might find this information useful, so here it is. Step 1 - Installing Ubuntu This step is really best answered… Read More