If you’re involved in activist circles, or spend any amount of time reading up on “hacking” news, chances are you’re already familiar with Anonymous. If not, the whole thing can be a little hard to get your head around. There’s no real structure or boundaries of the group, no leaders or official sites or the usual trappings of a real organization. That lack of structure is at once Anonymous’ greatest weakness and strength: no one can control it, for good or ill.
That’s all well and good for “theory of hactivism 101” but you’ve got things to do. Anonymous is a brand that’s available to anyone for any cause. When you’re considering how to take on a new cause, or planning to change tactics on a cause near and dear to your heart, how do you decide whether to take the plunge and put on the mask?
There is no arguing that the sight of all those plastic masks at an event makes for a striking image. Anonymous’ flare for the dramatic – between hyperbolic threats and video diatribes and the occasional act of “cyber vandalism” – attracts attention from all quarters. The simple fact is that even after seven years, the news media has no idea what to make of the group, and what they don’t know fascinates and terrifies them.
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