Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Week 6 Anonymous and Hacking

Dear Anonymous,
After reading articles from the New York Times, Wired Magazine, and the New Everyday, I came to believe your protesting was a quick glance on how protesting is moving online. Their is a cultural movement where literally everything is moving online, even harassment. I do have to admit, I still remain a bit confused as to what you were protesting against the Church of Scientology just because I can't pinpoint your exact reason, even though I'm sure it's legitimate. It's showing that even the "little guys" that don't gain as much press as the big corporations can make a difference and have a presence in this world. I also think that the more people are pushing to effectively protest online, the more the government is trying to find ways to monitor what is being publicly displayed. In many ways, that is censorship although I'm sure much of the content used in trolling is better left away from the public eye. The New York Times said, "On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security plans to introduce a system to help institutions eliminate common programming errors that allow hackers to easily infiltrate databases and steal user names and passwords. The agency's hope is that the program, which is voluntary, will make it easier for companies and agencies to better secure their corners of the Internet, thus contributing to a safer global network." This definitely goes against what you as a group stand for, in allowing people to freely express themselves without oppression from government. The New Everyday article highlighted the transition of people for participating for lulz, to then serious outrage and protest. This right to be able to view content without the threat of filters is a huge grey area, which probably explains why some people follow your actions and others do not understand or respect it. I think privacy is an issue that should be considered, but I respect the message and reason why you're fighting.

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