Protesters upset with, among other things, the rising rents due to highly paid tech workers moving into the city have staged demonstrations targeting those buses, blocking their paths as they try to depart for the Valley. On Friday, one of the protests resulted in vandalism, with demonstrators breaking the window of one Google bus in Oakland, according to a report by … Read more
His name is Max Alper and this morning he decided to hop onto Google's Wi-Fi-equipped shuttle bus at 24th Street and Valencia in San Francisco's Mission district, knowing full well that it would be stormed by community activists protesting Silicon Valley's influence on rental prices and the city's pre-tech boom diversity and culture.
He knew that because the Berkeley resident and union organizer does not live around the corner from the shuttle stop, as he claimed. He doesn't work at Google. Yet he conveniently exited the bus and began deriding the protesters, hitting high notes … Read more
Factory workers in southern China are protesting Nokia's recent deal to sell off its Devices business to Microsoft, according to a new report.
Workers who build Nokia products in China gathered Wednesday outside their factory to protest, saying that the contracts they were forced to sign after Nokia announced plans to sell off the Devices unit worsen employment terms, according to Reuters. In interviews with Reuters, factory workers claimed that the Microsoft buyout would hurt their compensation. One unidentified source, however, told Reuters that it was more about getting additional compensation.
Factory protests have become somewhat commonplace in China. … Read more
Hundreds of protests around the world sparked up on Tuesday in what the hacking collective Anonymous called the "Million Mask March." Donning Guy Fawkes masks, the demonstrators' goal was to "defend humanity."
The protests were scheduled for 450 cities and towns worldwide -- from Tampa, Fla., to Amsterdam to Mumbai. According to the group's Facebook page, the demonstrations were meant to help people "remember who your enemies are: billionaires who own banks and corporations who corrupt politicians who enslave the people in injustice."
In Washington, D.C., demonstrators chanted "Obama. Come out. … Read more
There's nothing like a good protest, is there?
People get together. They screech and they scream. Then they go back home and everything stays the same.
The latest public movement appears to be in protest of Google's decision to make its services (even) more like Facebook.
In a stunningly predictable decision, Google has decided to use your name and profile to bolster the blinding authenticity of its advertising.
Yes, without paying you. Well, this is the free economy, isn't it?
While many people choose to barbeque, drink beer, and watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July, others decided to protest the government this year.
A crowd of about 300 people gathered at San Francisco's Civic Center on Thursday and then marched throughout the city to join in on the nationwide Independence Day protest of the National Security Agency's surveillance program.
Chanting "NSA go away" and "Restore the fourth today," the protesters carried colorful banners and signs as they marched. Some were dressed up as the Statue of Liberty or Uncle Sam, while many … Read more
Rallying around the Fourth of July holiday, several Web sites have come together to take part in a nationwide protest over the National Security Agency's surveillance program.
Organized by the nonprofit Fight for the Future, thousands of sites -- including some heavy-hitters like Mozilla, Reddit, WordPress.org, and 4chan -- will be staging online protests.
Rather than going black, like many sites did during the 2012 protests of Congress' Stop Online Privacy Act, or SOPA, these sites will prominently display a Fourth Amendment banner. The banner will quote the text of the amendment, which says, "The right of … Read more
The Saudi Arabian government has sentenced seven men to prison on charges they used Facebook to incite protests and encourage illegal gathering, according to Human Rights Watch. Their sentences range from five to 10 years.
"Sending people off to years in prison for peaceful Facebook posts sends a strong message that there's no safe way to speak out in Saudi Arabia, even on online social networks," Human Rights Watch deputy Middle East director Joe Stork said in a statement.
The seven men were originally arrested in September 2011 and have been in jail ever since. When they … Read more
With protests ramping up across Turkey, tens of thousands people are getting on Twitter to broadcast alleged excessive police force against demonstrators. So many people have taken to the social network that the country's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has blamed Twitter for much of the dissent.
"There is now a menace which is called Twitter,'' Erdogan said in an interview, according to France 24. "The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.''
And, this is coming from a man who is on Twitter. Erdogan has … Read more
In a tribute to Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who committed suicide Friday, researchers have begun posting PDFs to Twitter to honor his campaign for open access.
Swartz, 26, had faced the possibility of $4 million in fines and more than 50 years in prison for allegedly stealing 4 million documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jstor, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers. The authorities claimed that he broke into a restricted-access computer wiring closet at MIT and accessed that network without authorization.