So, our favourite quasi-supervillans have certainly been keeping me amused this morning:
- Megaupload founder (and.. wait for it.. Mega HANDS ON founder), known for his extravagant press stunts and lavish lifestyle, has live tweeted his helicopter emergency landing in the middle of nowhere (source Gizmodo Australia).
- Fellow Aussie and narcissist Julian Assange is set to run for the Senate in the September Australian election. His mum thinks that’s pretty cool (source The Age).
- Finally, the eccentric story of John McAfee set to become not one, but TWO films (source Indie Wire).
… and these were just what I stumbled upon this morning.
Since the tragic death by suicide of information activist and technology pioneer Aaron Swartz, questions have been raised by commentators, legal experts and Swartz’s family as to why prosecutors would so virulently go after a suspect for what was essentially an abuse of copyright/licence offence, and why similar figures in the hacktivist community are also being aggressively targeted.
The US Congress has now demanded from the Department of Justice an answer to the question of why Swartz was so unfairly targeted. Wired has the details.
Cambodian officials said Tuesday that they will deport the Swedish founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay. The announcement came after visiting Swedish officials presented the Cambodian authorities with the conviction and prison sentence against Gottfrid Svartholm Warg [from Jurist ]