We are Anonymous; We are legion; We do not forgive, We don’t not forget; Expect us

(via MrConservative)

Hacktivism: Hacking and Activism

Some real next level word blending right there.

When you think of the term ‘hacktivist’, for me at least, there is one name that comes to mind; Anonymous.

If you’re unfamiliar with the movement and its efforts, then you may know them by their heavy use of Guy Fawkes’ image.  Guy Fawkes of the ‘Gunpowder plot’ fame, or more recently as the mask used in the film ‘V for Vendetta’.

Imagery aside, what do hacktivists actually do?  As Davis writes, hacktivism is “the use of computers and computer networks to promote political ends, chiefly free speech, human rights, and information ethics”

This is very much in line with the message the Anonymous collective promotes.  I say collective rather than group or organisation, because of their lack of centralisation. Anonymous is more of an idea perpetuated by what should be the free and open nature of the internet.  And this is where its power lies, in decentralised nodes united for the freedom of information and people.  Anyone can represent Anonymous.

Watching the video, you’re almost waiting for Dr. Evil to pop up and demand “One Million Dollars”.  But really, it speaks a lot about justice, truth and freedom, while still naming themselves a “terrorist organisation… for corporations” and “wicked infiltrators”.  This language kind of makes me wonder whether this hacktivism is good or bad.

Where do you guys sit on the Robin Hood-esque idea of ‘hacking the rich to give to the poor’ or just opening up information to the world?

We are Anonymous; We are legion; We do not forgive, We don’t not forget; Expect us.

Have a watch of this too if you’re after some more information.


3 thoughts on “We are Anonymous; We are legion; We do not forgive, We don’t not forget; Expect us

  1. This certainly sounds like an interesting collective. They seem to view themselves as a Robin Hood of the internet but I’m concerned as to their policies in their hacking conduct. Do they just hack and release freely, whether the information be sensitive to security or not, or do they have some sort of method? Although they allow anyone to join their group and collaborate with them, are they leaving themselves open for an individual to do something wrong in their name? This article is interesting in seeing how Anonymous may not be doing the good it set out to do in the first place http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Former+Anonymous+member+from+Metro+Vancouver+speaks+about+activist/11227252/story.html

  2. You defined Anonymous really well!
    It’s bizarre how such a well-known hacktivist collective can only be compromised of entirely anonymous people. I also found it interesting how a group without any barrier of entry could achieve so much in such a small space of time. However there have to be repercussions to following a structure free of centralization. Due to the lack of official representation this really questions the authenticity of all its members, all it takes to claim to be the group is a blank background and a Guy Fawkes mask, and as with any community the actions of an individual could have serious repercussions to the organization as a whole.
    I’d only recommend maybe showing the forms of hacktivism that Anonymous have enacted, aside from that really well written post.

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