Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street

Occupy The XBox: New Tom Clancy Video Game Targets Wall Street Fat Cats

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Tom Clancy can certainly count himself among the 1 percent. But the newest edition of his long-running video game series, Rainbow Six, has operatives gunning down Wall Street fat cats in a action packed extension of Occupy Wall Street.

It’s bizarre to see a man who blamed September 11th on on left wing politician, a card-carrying member of the NRA, tapping into the #OWS zeitgeist with a revenge fantasy against American bankers. Read More

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VYou Makes Crowdsourced Video Montage of Occupy Wall Street

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VYou, the New York-based video question-and-answer site, just created a group question — “How do we create equality between all people?” — aimed at Occupy Wall Street. Video responses were gathered downtown using VYou’s mobile app, with VYou-sters grabbing testimonies from campers or responding to the question themselves. Any user can answer the question, although the responses are curated by VYou. Read More

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Occupy Wall Street Data Mashup

The Wall Street Journal has a neat hack up: Occupy Wall Street, by the numbers. The infographic shows days since the protest started, volume of tweets on the relevant hashtags, number of Occupy groups on, number of people checked into OCCUPY WALL STREET on Foursquare, the current temperature and the color of the sky in Manhattan.

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Pastebin, Website Popular with Anonymous and LulzSec, Now Being Used by Occupy Wall Street

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The New York Times has an interesting article today about how, a site that lets you store text for a set period of time without registering your identity, was used by Occupy Wall Street, particularly in its “anarchic” early days. You know, before it set up a media tent and started publishing its own Wall Street journal.

What the Times doesn’t mention, however, is how Pastebin, which was first set up to store snippets of code, subsequently became a haunt for IRC, with hacker groups like Anonymous and LulzSec following. In fact, when someone purporting to be an Anon threatened a “Day of Vengeance” as part of Occupy Wall Street back in September, the “press release” was found on Pastebin. Read More

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‘Kill the Wealthy’ Email From Unhinged 99 Percenter Takes Aim at New York Tech

A number of New York state lawmakers received a disturbing email with the subject line “time to kill the wealthy” that threatened employees of tech companies if the state does not renew its tax surcharge on millionaires. According to Politico, the email used terminology from Occupy Wall Street movement, though there has been no connection made with what’s actually happening in Zuccotti Park:

“The angry message demanded that Albany politicians ‘stop shoveling wealth from the lower 99 percent into the top 1 percent’ and “set aside your ‘no new taxes on anybody’ pledge.'”

The email was reportedly sent to State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and State Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari. It’s still unclear whether Governor Cuomo received the email as well. Read More

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Occupy Wall Street’s Web Team Finds Anarchy Ain’t Easy

The Internet Committee at Occupy Wall Street

This is a guest post from Melissa Gira Grant.


“Hi, everyone. I’m Drew. With the Internet.”

It’s midway through the General Assembly down at Occupy Wall Street. Radiohead failed to show up and overrun the revolution, but the park is still packed. Two rows of people behind me echo Drew’s words – “with the internet” – serving as a human mic, as cops have forbidden the protestors the use of amplified sound. Liberty Plaza is allowed a generator, which runs the laptop and webcam that’s livestreaming the Assembly.

Now that he’s been introduced, Drew continues for us and the cameras, pausing after each few words to give the human mic a chance to keep up: “Right now. Our website. Is having some problems. If you know how to fix those kinds of things. Come find me. After the GA.” The General Assembly crowd is thick, and as soon as he’s done speaking, Drew is lost within it. One night he gives his report back on the Internet Committee while wearing a hideous holiday-inspired sweater, so he’s easier for potential volunteers to spot.

For a protest movement born of the internet, Occupy Wall Street’s technical situation is at times precarious. Read More