tirsdag 27. november 2012

The Purpose of Anonymous

Anonymous is not just a group of hackers. The name is associated with the concept formed in 20003 about a so called global brain, which can be the representation of those who are against corrupted governments and organizations around the world. Those who promote the move are also against Internet censorship and they prefer not to expose their identity.

A representative thing for the move is the mask of Guy Fawkes, who was a member of the Gunpowder Plot. The Gunpowder Plot tried to bring down the House of Lords in London in the year 1605. The group promotes free speech, access to true information and transparency. The members share similar ideas regarding politic ideals and society.

The name Anonymous comes from the fact that any person can post anything on the Internet without revealing his/her identity. The activists actually say that all the people who are victims of corruption and injustice are Anonymous, because we as humans may share the same thoughts, even if we do not fight for them in a true sense.

The general perception about the group is that the members are anarchists. There is no big leader and every member can use social media and other means for communication. If many of the involved individuals have a common idea, it is considered as part of the collective and a campaign can be started for achieving the desired goals.

One of the common activities performed by the group could be protesting with the use of hacking. As a denial for various things that the members of the group may not agree with, the members can shut down official websites. The activities are seen as cyberattacks and many times the policies of the Internet and even the laws of various countries can be broken. Different group members were already arrested, but this has not stopped anything, as the activists use these words as a warning: "We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."

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