In defence of Anonymous

I find the tweet by Kim Dotcom urging Anonymous to stop their hacking quite contrived:

Dear Anonymous NZ, hacking National Party websites is just giving John Key a new excuse to pass the #GCSB Bill (cybercrime). Please stop it.

Afterall, doesn’t Dotcom stand for internet freedom? What a hypocrite, how can he be an advocate of internet freedom yet oppose the exercise of a legitimate form of online protest. Even Bill English accepts that its legitimate (see NZH article).

Additionally, John Key does not need a ‘new’ excuse to pass the GCSB bill. He has the numbers in Parliament and he wants to pass it. It will pass whether or not Anonymous protest. Sure, the DoS tactic is unlikely to succeed in convincing the National government otherwise, since we have a ‘rogue government’ (see Scoop article) , but it doesn’t make the effort pointless. Its a show of resistance in a new form – one reflective of the digital society that we live in.

For further commentary on the ‘hacking’ accusations see this excellent post by Ben Gracewood.

There was also an insinuation somewhere  that perhaps Anonymous have become a commercialised brand that any person can imitate. Well, the statement is half right – Anonymous encourage all people to take up the resistance to limitations on internet freedom – it is indiscriminate. But its wrong to suggest Anonymous is a ‘commercialised brand’. For starters, no-one buys the brand name. Sure, they buy the V for Vendetta masks that have come to represent the movement but its not a franchise.

I personally think the movement represents something unique in our struggle for liberty and I encourage those who are sceptical to watch the following documentaries:

Anonymous: We are Legion – The story of the hacktivists

TPB: AFK (The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard)

I know TPB are not an Anonymous group, but this documentary is interesting as it highlights the power corporate elites have over content on the internet and TPB struggle against this seemingly unbridled power.

Generation os13: the new culture of resistance

All these groups are resisting authority interfering with internet freedom. They should be applauded for their initiative – not vilified as counter to the struggle.

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You can also visit many pages on Facebook regarding different anonymous movements, the one I have linked below is just one of many.

https://www.facebook.com/Anonymous.Legion.World/info

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One comment

  1. I agree with you. I think Dotcom’s comment was more about self promotion than anything else, in my opinion, he loves the limelight and the mainstream media love him because they think he sells advertising.

    Love or hate Anonymous, they do highlight issues.

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