Anonymous is not a group, it is not a person.
It is an IDEA. Specifically it is the idea that all of us deserve freedom, freedom of thought, of speech, of expression of knowledge, of assembly and of belief. The freedom to determine the course and destination of our own lives.
If you share this idea then you are one of us.
You have likely heard many things about Anonymous, some of them are true and some of them are not. We are not terrorists and we are not violent.
We are citizens of the World who bear witness the tyranny, oppression and censorship.
We are activists who seek to change the system and end the cycle of corruption. We seek to create transparency in governments and all institutions of public service. We resist those who seek to violate our rights as Human beings as a collective of autonomous individuals however we have no leaders who dictate the methods of resistance. Some of us are indeed hackers who use our skill to make critical information available to the public. Some of us organize protests and rallies. Some of us volunteer time to feed those who cannot feed themselves. We are your neighbors, your friends and your relatives. We prepare your food, repair your appliances, write your books, compose your music and create your technology. We are your postal workers, barbers, store clerks and lawyers. We are Atheists and we are Religious. We are everyone and we are no one. None of us are as powerful as all of us.
We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us!
Anonymous (used as a mass noun) is a loosely associated international network of activist and hacktivist entities. A website nominally associated with the group describes it as “an internet gathering” with “a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives”. The group became known for a series of well-publicized publicity stunts and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on government, religious, and corporate websites.
Anonymous originated in 2003 on the imageboard 4chan, representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain. Anonymous members (known as “Anons”) can be distinguished in public by the wearing of stylised Guy Fawkes masks.
In its early form, the concept was adopted by a decentralized online community acting anonymously in a coordinated manner, usually toward a loosely self-agreed goal, and primarily focused on entertainment, or “lulz”. Beginning with 2008’s Project Chanology — a series of protests, pranks, and hacks targeting the Church of Scientology — the Anonymous collective became increasingly associated with collaborative hacktivism on a number of issues internationally.
Individuals claiming to align themselves with Anonymous undertook protests and other actions (including direct action) in retaliation against anti–digital piracy campaigns by motion picture and recording industry trade associations. Later targets of Anonymous hacktivism included government agencies of the US, Israel, Tunisia, Uganda, and others; child pornography sites; copyright protection agencies; the Westboro Baptist Church; and corporations such as PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and Sony.
On Aug. 12, 2014, Ferguson City Hall’s website went black, its phone lines died and officials had to communicate by text, according to the St. Louis Dispatch and the New York Times. Self-identified members of the amorphous, hard-to-define hacker community Anonymous had struck again, according to the papers, this time in response to the shooting of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer.
Social media has changed the rules of your game. That’s why we call the people, on you; students, activists, parents, the youth and the wise, people from different backgrounds to protest peacefully with Ferguson this weekend, in order to achieve this goal our collective will be ready to assist you in reaching this goal.
To the people of the United States, its time to wake up, not to sleep. Your constitutional rights as a citizen have been usurped. People have the right to protest, and that right has been consistently disrupted not by the protesters in Ferguson – but by the militarized police force.
Our campaign has been one of constant success, we have been able to weaponized social media so far to force mainstream media outlets to cover the case. We advise everyone to join us on twitter, other social networks and the internet because the revolution of our conscience will not be televised.