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Big Things Promised

Hacktivist organization Dramatis Personai, has been making noise on social media, promising another privacy rights protest in Los Angeles on the 20th. After a flurry of activity in the month of October, including blacking out the major news networks and calling out social media giants for their shady data practices I know they were a particular favorite of Fawkes so I will follow the story. I’ve reached out to Dramatis mouthpiece, YoureWelcomeSOS, and hope to hear from him soon.

 

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DAVID CHOOSES HIS FIRST GOLIATH

Aaaand the hits keep on coming. (And when I say “hits,” I mean roundhouse punches to the solar plexus.) In its latest video, Dramatis Personai goes for broke, squaring off against social media titan Panjea—specifically for the crime of turning its users’ privacy into a marketable commodity. The justice DP metes out is both impressive and hilarious. Anyone know where I can get me a Dramatis Personai t-shirt?

A LABOR DAY MANIFESTO—WITH A KICKER

Don’t know how I missed this one. Back on September 1, the new hacktivist collective Dramatis Personai (who by now I think we can safely describe as indefatigable) reminded us of what Labor Day is really all about…then concluded a special gift for Walmart employees forced to put in their hours on the holiday ostensibly set aside for the relief and enjoyment of workers. Have a look. It’s priceless.

DRAMATIS PERSONAI VS. THE URGE TO MERGE

After a highly visible weekend of staging demonstrations around Manhattan, one might’ve thought Dramatis Personai would take a moment to bask. But I’m pleased to report the group hasn’t forgotten its raison d’être: hacktivists hack. And according to a video released today, they’ve just broken into the internal servers of Fox, Time Warner, and Comcast and posted all documents pertaining to those megacorps’ impending mergers. I admit it: I laughed. What else can you do, when someone expertly veers tragedy into farce? More, please!

 

 

“SILENCE OF SIX” REVEAL STILL NOT LOUD ENOUGH

Dramatis Personai has released their second video…and if the latest hacktivists on the scene left some unanswered questions the first time around, this time they’ve got me completely befuddled.

Is this supposed to mean something to me?…I’m a guy who pretty much lives his life with his ear to the ground, and the term “Silence of Six”—much less “Silence of Six murders”—is hitting me for the first time. That there have apparently been congressional hearings on this issue is more than a tad sobering. Kudos to DP for uncovering this footage and bringing it to our attention…now can they please tell us where they got it, and how? I’ve got that awful “government conspiracy to keep the public in the dark” feeling again…

LOUD FROM NEW YORK, IT’S DRAMATIS PERSONAI

As promised, photos from today’s protests:

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DRAMATIS PERSONAI TAKES MANHATTAN

As I was advised yesterday, the new hacktivist organization Dramatis Personai is currently coordinating three separate public protests: at Javits Convention Center (currently hosting Comic Con), Google HQ, and Union Square. The DP members are wearing red hoodies with white full-face masks—the same mask seen in their now infamous debut video. If you’re nearby any of the demonstrations, check them out—and if you can send some photos my way, even better. I’m already getting some good ones from some associates on the scene, and will be posting them throughout the day. So keep checking in…Fawkes Rising is your front-row-seat to Dramatis Personai’s inaugural action!

 

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THANKS, YOURE WELCOMESOS

I’ve heard more from Twitter user Youre WelcomeSOS, who informs me that Dramatis Personai will be mounting three separate events in New York tomorrow. Apparently they’ll be protesting outside Comic Con at the Javits Center in Hell’s Kitchen, at Google headquarters in Chelsea, and in Union Square. YWSOS was coy about what statement the demonstrations are meant to make…but given the locales, my guess is it’ll be about net neutrality, privacy rights, intellectual property rights, objectivity in the media—or all of the above. Anyway, we’ll find out soon enough. And I’ll have my popcorn ready.

DRAMATIS PERSONAI: WORKIN’ FOR THE WEEKEND

After yesterday’s column, where I welcomed Dramatis Personai to the world of hacktivism, I got a message from DP’s chief cheerleader, Youre WelcomeSOS, who tells me the group has something big planned for this weekend in New York City. Not sure what “big” means, but considering that DP shut down every single cable news channel as a way of just saying hello, I admit I’m intrigued. Keep your eyes and ears open the next few days, kids. And if you’re in Manhattan, I’d say fasten your seatbelt.

DRAMATIS PERSONAI: A SPECTACULAR DEBUT

I’ve written previously about the new hacktivist group, Dramatis Personai, wondering exactly how they’d first make their mark on the world, and why. Well, we now know. In an impressively coordinated move, they shut down the major cable news stations (yes, all of them) for ten minutes this morning. Powerful, yet restrained…and in the video statement that followed (see below), their spokesman even used such favorite Fawkes Rising phrases as “corporate puppet masters” and “one-sided agendas”.

My only qualm: a little confusion about what DP is actually asking for. The rationale for the cable blackout was to teach them “a lesson in objectivity”; yet later the DP spokesman says he “strongly objects to their existence.” Does DP aim to reform cable news, or eradicate it? Or use the threat of the latter to prompt the former?…Just a bit of clarification of their agenda, is what I’m asking for. But in the meantime: full marks. And welcome to the never-ending battle!