Tag Archives | Anonymous

Changing The World [Debate]


Changing the World

From Tahrir Square to Hong Kong, Occupy Wall Street to Anonymous, we have seen a surge in grassroots and social media activism. Yet the army is in power in Cairo and bankers continue to draw their bonuses. Is activism a failed strategy? Are political parties the only way to drive change or will student and street activism surprise us yet?

The Panel

Political campaigner Peter Tatchell, research director at Demos Carl Miller and Telegraph columnist Dan Hodges contest the best ways to bring about change.

Read the rest

Continue Reading

Should Your Next Cause Be Tackled As Anonymous


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.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

I was a (straight) male stripper at gay clubs

Illustrator: Elizabeth Sanchez

Illustrator: Elizabeth Sanchez

In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, Hopes&Fears talks to a (straight) male stripper who shook his shit in gay establishments.

As told to Anna Khachiyan:

The last time I stripped was in January of 2014. I got into it because I needed the money. At the time, I was working a part-time job in Brooklyn and trying to make it as an artist.

One thing you should know about me: I’m straight but I stripped exclusively at gay clubs. As an offshoot of the gay club junket, I also did private events. I think I’ve stripped for women maybe, like, once in my life. It was a bachelorette party, and it was much tamer than anything you’d see on TV or in the movies, let alone in the gay nightlife scene. The thing is, men, gay or straight, are all the same—they’re the ones shelling out for strippers.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

I hid Illuminati symbols in broadcast news graphics because I was bored

Todd Huffman (CC BY 2.0)

Todd Huffman (CC BY 2.0)

This story was told anonymously to Hopes&Fears author Gabriella Garcia, who’s transcribed it below:

When I was working for a major broadcasting conglomerate, I passed the time sneaking cult symbols into its affiliates’ news graphics. I don’t really know why I did it. Maybe because I’m just easily amused.

I became interested in graphics when I was young. In high school, I used some savings to buy a new computer with really high quality graphics capability for its day and started making 2D cartoons, mostly involving things killing each other, because I was a teenage boy that was funny—things dying, things running into walls—all poorly animated.

I applied to a bunch of schools for Comp Sci and Electrical Engineering, but went to a state school. It was the cheapest and offered a good scholarship. At the time the school was in the process of dismantling their traditional arts studies department while simultaneously stepping up their computer graphics department, so I ended up in the imaging and digital arts field.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Police Shoot Protester Wearing Anonymous Mask, ‘Hacktivist’ Group Vows to ‘Avenge’ His Death

Anonymous is going head to head with Canadian Police after the former shoot an activist wearing the ‘V For Vendetta’ mask favored by Anonymous. From Counter Current News:

Anonymous has just issued a promise that they will retaliate and “avenge” the death of an activist wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, who was shot by police outside a Dawson Creek restaurant.


Now, British Columbia’s law enforcement watchdog is saying that the man who had police called on him was not the same person who police showed up and opened fire on. The victim, was apparently just shot for wearing the well-known “Anonymous” mask, adopted from the movie “V For Vendetta.”

“We verified, verified, verified. At two o’clock I was told the same guy, at three o’clock I was told the same guy, then I land in Dawson Creek and I’m told ‘different guy,’” Kellie Kilpatrick, the executive director of public accountability at the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) said during a press conference Friday.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

V for Vendetta Turns Ten


This year we celebrate the tenth birthday of the film V for Vendetta, based on the classic graphic novel by Alan Moore. Moore is more than cantankerous when addressing the cinematic adaptations of his work, and movies like Watchmen, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen explain his ill-temper.

That said, for me, V is the exception and probably the best adaptation of Moore’s work we’re likely to see for some time. The movie was as faithful an adaptation as one might imagine and it brought a huge audience to the book’s examination of fascist psychology and propaganda. The book is one of Moore’s best, but I doubt that the Occupy Movement and Anonymous would have adopted the iconography of the Guy Fawkes mask if the image hadn’t been so widely exposed by the film.

That said, let’s give the author his last word. Here’s Moore talking about V

Stay Awake!… Read the rest

Continue Reading

The KKK Learns the Hard Way: Don’t Mess With Anonymous

(Photo: Twitter)

(Photo: Twitter)

via Take Part:

The hacktivist collective hacked the Ku Klux Klan’s Twitter account after the white supremacists threatened Ferguson protesters.

Participants of one group wear hoods, while members of the other cloak their identity with the mystery of the Internet and Guy Fawkes masks. Despite all that secrecy, most folks would agree that’s where the similarities between the Ku Klux Klan and Anonymous begin and end. But the two organizations are now engaged in a war after the hacktivist collective took over several of the hate group’s Twitter accounts and revealed the identities of purported KKK members on social media.

In a YouTube video posted on Sunday announcing Operation KKK, Anonymous stated, “We are not attacking you [the KKK] because of what you believe in, as we fight for freedom of speech. We are attacking you because of your threats to use lethal force against us at the Ferguson protests.”

Read More: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/11/17/anonymous-hacks-kkks-twitter-account-starts-outing-alleged-members

Read the rest

Continue Reading

Anonymous Calls for “Mike Brown’s Law” in Response to Missouri Police Killing of Unarmed 17-year-old

Greetings world, we are Anonymous.

On August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri the 17 year old and unarmed Mike Brown was shot several times and killed by an officer of the Ferguson Police Department. His body was left to lie in a pool of blood in the sweltering heat for hours while 15 police departments militarized the area against protesters, sealed the roads leading to Ferguson in a vain attempt to prevent protesters from reaching the city. The police has clearly crossed a line in the sand.

For this reason Anonymous will not be satisfied this time, as we have in the past – with simply obtaining justice for this young man and his family. Anonymous demands that the Congressional Representatives and Senators from Missouri introduce legislation entitled “Mike Brown’s Law” that will set strict national standards for police conduct and misbehaviour in the USA.

To the good people of Ferguson, take heart – and take your streets.… Read the rest

Continue Reading