Online Anonymity

Hacktivism & Anonymous

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My Prezi that looks at internet hacktivism and how the influences of computer hacking users have seen the rise of the group “Anonymous“.

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Online Anonymity: Doxing, Distortion and Democracy

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Online anonymity is the rising trend amongst users of the cyber world as it promotes freedom of speech and sharing of content without being traced back to the original source. It comes as people want to experience more privacy on the internet and don’t want to feel like they’re being “spied” on by government gatekeepers. The recommendations of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s conference on “Anonymous Communication Policies for the Internet” [1] support this view. They say that it should be considered a strong human and constitutional right to have online anonymous communication.

Michel Foucault theorised how control works through exposure. He once wrote that “if the prisoner is never sure when he is being observed, he becomes his own guardian.” The right to remain anonymous is one of the principal benefits and freedoms that we have online.  The threat of having no security in being anonymous is under threat with the harmful revenge tactic of Doxing. We can see that anyone can have a valid opinion because prejudice is removed. Online anonymity should be supported as it allows freedom of speech good, bad and neutral. It allows us to see what people really think about online issues and debate, and breaks the control factor over views from citizens. It is the essence of democracy for us to be able to conduct the difficult debates out in the open, where they can be challenged. Rather than trying to chain people to their names, we should be seeking to protect the current capacity we have to deliberate without fear of reprisal