Who are Anonymous?

Davis 2014 defines hacktivism as “the use of computers and computer networks to promote political ends, chiefly free speech, human rights, and information ethics”. Hacktivism can be used for good or evil, as with any technology.

Anonymous are considered the most famous/infamous hacktivist group in the world. The group is composed of a loosely organized international network of hacktivists, and is used by people all over the world. Anonymous originates from the online image-based bulletin board 4chan, which started in 2003. (Stanek 2015) The name “Anonymous” was inspired by the perceived anonymity under which users posted on 4chan and this is also depicted in the group’s two symbols: the Guy Fawkes mask and the “man without head” image. These symbols also highlight the group’s inscrutability and lack of any formal leadership, which has spawned the saying ““we are all the same, this is why you can’t defeat us”.





Davis D. 2014, Hacktivism: good or evil?, Computer Weekly, <https://www.computerweekly.com/opinion/Hacktivism-Good-or-Evil>.

Stanek B. 2015, How Did Anonymous Start? The History Of The Mysterious “Hacktivist” Group Began Quite Some Time Ago, Bustle, <https://www.bustle.com/articles/65444-how-did-anonymous-start-the-history-of-the-mysterious-hacktivist-group-began-quite-some-time-ago>.


One thought on “Who are Anonymous?”

  1. Hi Michael!

    I saw your comment about Anonymous and went to your blog 🙂 I loved that you introduced the meme with the headless face and the mask – and related it to that we’re all similar. Maybe there is a coherent metaphor hidden deep in that mask-wearing. Like that we all have some surface level of falsehood or something. It really made me think.

    I believe that yeah, hacktivism can indeed be used for both good and evil. But I think the fact that the people who have the power/skill to hack is a power they will inevitably abuse, and thus even if they originally had good intentions, those intentions may reach extremity or is blurred into something severely worse. I would have loved reading your opinion on this as well, is hacktivism inherently used for good or for evil?

    Great work buddy 🙂

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