Anonymous social justice?

Written on:March 2, 2012
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It’s a new age of anonymity. The almighty network that connects each one of us lets you choose a new personality, a new world to live in or just facilitates your efforts to make a university protest. An AUBG Spring of anorexia? A revolution? Some space to share your frustration from the day when there is no one who will listen?

One thing is guaranteed – you are anonymous.No matter how many pictures you’ve uploaded on your Facebook page, how many places you’ve checked into, how much effort you put into choosing the most expressive timeline cover, you, my dear friend, are absent from that space. Unless, of course, you have some weird cyber-pixelated capabilities. You are a mere representation of yourself, emboldened by the fact that you can say whatever you want freely without being bombarded with contra-opinions right away. You know you will be opposed eventually, but you do not care, because now is the time to be smart and eloquent, to defend a stance boldly and transparently.

That’s what Anonymous is doing as well, except that they never had a Flickr profile. Just as me and you, who blog everyday and post moods all over the internet, they express what they believe in. The anti-mafia transnational organization has burdened itself with the task not to let our greedy governments tarnish the place where we can FREELY say what we think. Also, they launched an investigative report exposing the most profitable corporation for agriculture – Chaoda Modern Agriculture. Their way is radical but it is definitely noticed unlike our clever slogan-fabrication movement in the coziness of our homes.

Recently, the Bulgarian press informed us that Anonymous used a private chat-server in Varna to coordinate their further illegal activities. And our special police forces rushed into an international operation to stop them. But don’t you think that if ACTA was abolished none of their illegal actions would have happened. ACTA is invariably the source of all the turmoil around Anonymous’ hacking operations. It’s a strive to defend the basic liberty of free speech and access that belongs to all and to ensure that we, the global citizens, remain anonymous.

More than 25 people from the group were arrested in Spain, Chile, Colombia and Argentina and around 250 of their personal items have been confiscated, such as PCs, cell phones. All in response to their criminal actvities consisting of hacking bank accounts of uber rich state officials and redistributing their wealth to the poor. Is there anything wrong with that, though? The end is fair but the means are not. It resembles some type of extreme communist approach or forced philanthropy. Or maybe the rise of the Robin Hood-state.

There is a simple answer to defending our freedom in the cyber space, guaranteeing our anonymity, and stopping Anonymous from their illegal pursuits. It is declaring ACTA null and void. We all know the money has gone and corrupted governments have fewer options to leach on, but they should not breach individuals’ fundamental liberties. And the cherished, by many rich states, globalization has turned the internet into a universal podium of those liberties.

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