This is the only thing of true value that I've written in over a decade of telling girls that I'm a freelance writer. As with a few other data sets made up of stolen e-mails, much of the info used here was obtained only because people took serious risks to obtain it; a couple of them were friends of mine to an extent or for a time, and more than a few of them could lose their young adulthood. The kid who wrote a script that helped Tunisians use their Facebook without being phished by national "net police" in first two weeks of revolution - before anyone had invented the term "Arab Spring" - this guy who may have potentially saved a few people from the torture and confinement that legendary Anon Slim Amanou endured when he went missing from IRC for a week or so. Within two months Amanou became Minister of Youth and Sport, but would resign not long afterwards in protest of continued censorship policies by the then-provisional government (since replaced by democratically-elected though imperfect coalition - a success story that does not receive its due sense of admiration from many quarters). Amanou has continued to serve as a remarkable activist and self-noted "soft-power alchemist," the best term I've ever heard for what people like him do. As for the guy who created the anti-phishing script, one that was used and distributed by the dozens of Arabs on the IRCs and boards at any given point, he turned out to be a fucking 16-year-old kid from London. Tflow was among the first major fellows to be arrested, at least publicly.
Then, more recently, at least several dozen people at the least worked on a sort of crowd-sourced operation (an unfortunately necessary buzzword, "crowd-sourced") in IRC channels associated with Anonymous andTelecomix and revealed at least three or four tax and merger filings, quotes from those and from related officials, and a range of other details pertinent to a story which at this point has yet to receive much "real" press despite being quite obviously news for several reasons. Please read it, and thanks.