With last week’s topic bringing in the idea of social media sparking protest movements and riots, this week delves further into that idea and introduces online movements such as hackers or “Hacktivists”, whistle blowers and political campaigners who utilise social media to progress in making counter movements towards the government.
The presence of hackers bypassing security limitations within the internet has been around for a long time, but the focus of this week is it’s presence in affecting the world to a higher degree through hacking into private government documents which expose corruption and cause outcry.
One of the most well known online activist groups at this moment is a group called Anonymous. They have engaged in a series of publicised publicity stunts and attacks on government, religions and corporate websites. Pretty much, any high level events which occur in the world, Anonymous are sure to react such as the recent Paris attacks, ISIS, reclaim Australia movements and more. After all these events, days later a new video would be released by Anonymous
They operate to aid “the people”, whether it’s against the government or terrorist groups. They do this by using hacking to expose private documents to the public which as a result, causes movements in the public sphere, allowing the reality to come to light. They have no strictly defined philosophy however, but they are defined as “an Internet gathering” with “a very loose and decentralised command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives”.
Anonymous are one of many examples of online activists who have impacted the public sphere through using the internet and hacking methods to cause movements and discussions which influence revolution