Power of Anonymous: The Collective Known As Anonymous

Anonymity is still a pillar of the internet, and a requisite part for certain parts of it to remain functional. One such part that we talked about here on the Thoughpick blog has been wikileaks.com. The site exemplifies the importance of anonymity on the net and why it is crucial to maintain that as a feature of the web. The main function of the website is that it enables people with a pipeline through which they can expose the deepest and naughtiest secrets of the world and act as whistle-blower central.

Being anonymous on Wikileaks enables you to protect yourself but little else, it endows you with some powers to bring on change to the world but your adopted hidden identity does not allow you to do much more than leak. On the other hand, there are others on the web that utilize their anonymous identity to organize, that identity then becomes fully characterized and they snuggle comfortably into becoming Anonymous in both real and net lifes.

Who's Anonymous?

Who's Anonymous?

Anonymous is not a person, nor is it a group, movement or cause: Anonymous is a collective of people. They are a loose group of people that are united through a belief in an idea rather than leadership. They are independently acting agents that don’t seek recognition but long to achieve their goals.

Power of Annonymous: Wikileaks

One of the pillars of the internet’s success has been the anonymity of interactions. The ability to take on a secret identity and go forth saying things and doing deeds that won’t be tied to your real life identity was the stuff of comics, but with the internet, everyone could be a superhero. While this sense of anonymity is being consistently chipped at by companies like Facebook and Google, yet, it still exists on the web. Anonymity is still prominent on the web, and there is no better example of that than the site Wikileaks.com.

Ever since its debut in 2006, it has been the bastion of whistle blowers, and the group behind it, the Sunshine Press,  has been mostly shrouded in mystery. In December 2009, and due to funding issues, they had to suspend the website, close its wiki and limit the site’s functionality to only accepting submissions. But its Director, the eccentric Julian Assange, seems to have had just the right kind of expose to generate publicity for the site and guarantee that they would be able to secure the maximum amount of funding possible.

Wikileaks!

Wikileaks!

On April 3 2010, they released a video entitled “Collateral Damage” which caused quite the controversy for the US armed forces and incited Robert Gates to be driven into an unenviable corner. The video has been viewed more than 6.5 million times on Youtube alone, and certainly got wikileaks a good amount of exposure and hopefully made their fundraiser a success so that they would keep on doing what they do best: be the go-to guys for whistle-blowers around the world.

This is not the only notable leak for them, and they have a long history of breaking some of the most critical documents and stories since their inception. Here are some of their most notable leaks in the past:

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