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The Yes Men Crash the TPP Party

The Yes Men crashed the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations on Friday, awarding a fake 2012 Corporate Power Tool Award to the negotiators and distributing hundreds of rolls of TPP toilet paper.

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May 14, 2012 1 comment Must Reads

Yes Men Takedown Trades One Hoax For Another

Last month, the Canadian delegation at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen found itself targeted by the Yes Men in a widely publicized hoax.  The well-known activists satirized the Canadian government’s position on the environment by launching a pair of phoney websites that looked official but promoted different policies. The hoax attracted considerable media attention, prompting Prime Minister's Office spokesman Dimitri Soudas to label it a childish prank.  Soon after, Canadian officials quietly set out to shut down the two websites.  

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that what followed creates a cause for concern, because Environment Canada appears to have misrepresented the harms posed by the sites in an effort to force them offline without a court order.

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January 11, 2010 16 comments Columns

Shutting Down Yes Men Trades One Hoax for Another

Appeared in the Toronto Star on January 11, 2010 as Ottawa Pulls Its Own Internet Hoax Last month, the Canadian delegation at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen found itself targeted by the Yes Men in a widely publicized hoax.  The well-known activists satirized the Canadian government’s position on the […]

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January 11, 2010 1 comment Columns Archive

Canadian Gov’t Convinces German ISP To Shut Down Environmental Parody Sites

The Canadian government has convinced a German ISP to shut down two environmental parody sites that were developed by the "Yes Men" and garnered considerable attention during the Copenhagen climate conference.  The ISP complied with the request without seeking a court order first and in the process blocked an additional […]

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December 30, 2009 9 comments News