Anonymous has taken the initiative of becoming something I can only describe as being the voice of freedom for the online community. In todays society corruption and propaganda has taken control of the television airways. The same cannot be said for the media we are able to view through the Internet. The Internet as a tool is best used to spread knowledge, and with the increasing knowledge gained by the Internet’s users it pushes for more unity and more creativity. Some of the ways that Anonymous has been able to remain very prevalent as the voice of the online community, is by hacking into systems of companies and governments who have violated rights of citizens and humans. One of their most recent hacks were against the countries Israel and North Korea. These cyber hacks are not causing anyone to be held at gun point or shoot outs against special forces for the perpetrator of the hack, but it is a very effective way of standing up against governments and companies that seek to put their priorities first instead of the people that they serve. These attacks are done to speak for the voice that cannot be heard, because of the flawed system of our news media outlets. Anonymous also made a great stand, in pushing the Occupy Wall Street movement, that made everyday citizens more aware of the corruption in our economy with big business companies. The Occupy Wall street movement was something that gave normal citizens confidence to speak out and be heard. What is very remarkable about the Anonymous online community is that it goes beyond being an online voice for the United States, but also other international countries that have become established with increased Internet networking communication skills. The name Anonymous for the group seems parallel to what is the strategy and strength of it members. Our cyberspace information has become just as sacred as our everyday right to privacy. The CISPA bill proposed will take away our right to freedom in the eyes of the Anonymous community, and that is why they have taken the initiative of having websites blackout their pages in protest against the bill. The capabilities of Anonymous are endless because they use the Internet very effectively and as long as they keep spreading the truth that needs to be heard from the public they will continue to grow and gain support, maybe not initial membership, but basic ideas that lead to the greater good of all mankind.
Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian pushing for Internet freedom and privacy.
The late Aaron Swartz said in an interview for the documentary film, set to be completed late this year, that he was more worried about the U.S. government than about teenage hackers in basements.
Read the full article written by Delcan McCullagh of CNET.
An article written by Neil Stevens, shows the other side of the CISPA argument, in support of the bill.
CISPA 2013 Blackout Staged By Anonymous Doesn’t Go As Planned (via The Huffington Post | By Alexis Kleinman )
If you take away our privacy, then we have no true security. I understand the purpose of the CISPA bill that the US government wants to build a defense against cyber threats found through intercommunication on the Internet. The idea of losing privacy on the web seems like the wrong tactic to defend against cyber threats in the sense that the cost of losing your right to privacy through your usage of the Internet. The CISPA bill, like many previous bills concerning our activity and the rights we have using the Internet are not fully enforced to being truly effective. Many of the bills and statuses of the laws proposed to establish Internet security and to protect valuable content on the web have been able to find loopholes created by mass users of the Internet. The Internet has become something parallel with technology. As technology continues to advance so will the capabilities and uses of the Internet. The laws will come into play but they will not be effective because they will be outdated and by then there is a new problem to face. Another problem I have with the CISPA bill is that it makes every Internet user at fault by taking their privacy. The Internet users and groups that are well informed and more advanced with the Internet than the common user will more than likely not support this bill. Online activist groups like Anonymous will deploy tactics to inform users and actions to make the online community’s voice be heard. Had it not been for Anonymous I probably would not have heard about the bill possibly becoming a law. This is a law that concerns every Internet user, but it was rarely mentioned in the news headlines to inform people. How can a law concerning the usage of the Internet used by millions of people, and be supported by major companies not be a major topic of public concern. The companies that support CISPA are not looking at the big picture because the law does help them and it removes them from being held liable from what users do with their services, but they are taking it as if they are too big to fail. The thing that makes the Internet remarkable is that one year MySpace is the hottest website than it becomes replaced by Facebook, what I want to make clear is that these major companies may have heavy users and site traffic, but they do not speak for people or Internet users as a whole.
Online hackers group “Anonymous” making moves on Israeli and North Korean websites
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