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The birht of a new revolutionary movement: “Anonymous, (Expect Us)”.

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“Knowledge is free.

We are Anonymous.

We are Legion.

We do not forgive.

We do not forget.

Expect us.”

This is how the members of the revolutionary cyber-movement called “Anonymous” introduce theirselves. “Expect  us”, they say. This group of hackers started acting in 2008, making public their ideas both by publishing posts in the Internet or bringing togheter in the streets, defending the freedom of expression and the independence for the users of the Internet. Moreover, this movement can usually be identified thanks to this logo, in which we can see a suited up man with an interrogant as a head, and which is also standing up with his back towards a picture of the world. Whilst it is true that nowadays there exist a lot of other distinctive pictures for Anonymous, I would want us to focus on this first one: did you know that the man with no head represents the absence of leading figures in this movement, as Alan Moore says in his article? Of course, it also means that the people who are part of this group won`t reveal their identity and will act from a position of anonimity.

File:Anonymous Flag.svg

 Anonymous also wear Guy Fawkes’s masks, creating a paralelism between their movement and the famous film “V for Vendetta” in which a very intelligent man always wear that mask and successfully overthrows a totalitarian regime established in United Kingdom after a nuclear war. “V”, the main character of the film from which Anonymous have taken the idea of the mask and the anonimity, is famous all over the world for being idealistic and also for demanding and fighting for the recovery of some basic human rights that thanks to Adam Sandler’s dictatorship had been eliminated. Therefore, we can only presume that this cyber-movement wants to emulate “V” by acting as he would act if he had existed.

Coming back to talk about the history of Anonymous, it seemed to be Colombia the first place this group of people acted for the first time in, hacking some governmental Twitter or other social net accounts by the DDo process, desactivating these accounts or not allowing their owners to use it. I have found this interesting video in which a famous Colombian channel talks about this incident:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlLDv7HgI0A

As we all can see, the Colombian television does not seem to be in favour of this movement, or, at least, with their way of acting. Despite this fact, some people claim that this kind of sensationalist “attack” to the system is precisely what us, citizens, need to start acting against what it is not fair, as we are in the middle of the biggest economic crisis in History. It is true that since that first reaction, a huge number of Anonymous cells have started acting and spreading their own ideas as a part of this cyber-revolution in almost every country in the world.

As Spain is not an exception, the next post I will publish about this topic will include some information about the Anonymous Movement in Spain and what do they say about the SINDE and SOPA laws.

Bibliography:

Google Privacy Policy, last modified  June 24, 2013. https://www.google.es/policies/privacy/

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