Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Anonymous Revolution Online

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Some elements of Anonymous, the notorious 4chan griefers, seem to have matured, graduating from mere lulz to more substantial political engagement.

A campaign against Scientololgy a few years ago gained them some notoriety, but recent direct action support for Wikileaks brought a more serious note.

Anonymous launched mirror sites to keep the Wikileaks website online in the face of presumed US government hack attacks, and coordinated retaliatory Anon DOS attacks against Amazon, Paypal, Mastercard and Visa for cutting off Wikileaks accounts.

Most recently Anon has been heavily involved in assisting the uprising in Tunisia, providing substantial internet resources for agitation, communication and coordination of street actions on twitter, facebook, IRC, etc. including secure anonymous internet access via proxy servers.

The ensuing popular democratic insurrection, which quickly succeeded in ousting the corrupt government of Tunisia, is being touted as the first successful revolution by means of networking online with social media, and it seems to be spreading to the rest of the region.

For some good background on Anon involvement, the latest news on what's happening on the ground in Tunisia, and what you can do now to help provide ongoing support:

Anonymous Op Swift Assist: Tunisia

Right now, Anon operations are expanding to include Algeria, Egypt, and an expanding list of other nations, including Albania, Syria and Libya, where similar popular uprisings are also brewing.

For the latest report on what's going down in Algeria:

Anon OpAlgeria

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Friday, 14 January 2011

Finally Getting Hip to the Capitalist Ruse!

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