Fig 1: Anonymous emblem
With The rise of the Internet and technology the way we see activism has also begun to change. Yes the Internet is more prevalent in us arranging protests and spreading the word however now we are able to use it as a tactic against injustices. Anonymous is a group of various members from around the world who have become known for various different cyber attacks on the government, corporate institutions and religions. “Whereas most other groups have an internal structure, Anonymous is anarchic by design, with no head (indeed, the group will attack any individual claiming to represent them) and no command structure” (2015) this makes gives Anonymous its interesting hierarchal structure – there is no structure of authority. At their conception they we quite the Internet ‘trolls’ wreaking havoc and disruption on the net. They began on the depths of 4chan instigating prank phone calls amongst other acts on unsuspecting people ‘for the lulz’. However the moved on from immature practices to more beneficial actions. They had used their power against Visa and MasterCard when donations to WikiLeaks were frozen and in the aid of protesters at the start of the Arab Spring. The use of the Internet and Anonymous’ actions with the Arab Spring was particularly interesting. The group had used unconventional means, such as the deep web, to allow individuals in the effected countries to communicate when their original communication channels were blocked. I think this group proposes an interesting alternative way of action against injustice which compliments the change in our society technologically.
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