Upon the idea of internet hacktivism and the cases of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden I decided to go back to the groups of notorious hacker groups and understand where the foundations of the Anonymity comes from with the global trend of wearing the common mask shown in stereotypical anonymous subjects. The mask represents a 17th century Roman-Catholic terrorist, Guy Fawke, who plotted to overthrow the government at the time and let his daughter sit on the throne aged nine. He plotted to do this by a method called “The Gunpowder Plot” an invention that would kill King James I. Fawke was victim to an anonymous letter that contained his conspiracy and he was later tortured to revealing his plans. The history of this was later adopted into the film V for Vendetta which showed the main protagonist fighting against an authoritative figure whilst wearing a grinning Fawke mask.
Today the mask symbolise anonymity amongst people who rally in protests as well as being adopted by Assange himself and Wiki-leaks. It is a pop-culture phenomenon that allows people to be hidden as well as serve as a collective face to those serving the same cause.