What and Who is "Anonymous"?

Presented at The Last HOPE (2008), July 20, 2008, noon (60 minutes)

Anonymous is an anti-group which takes nothing too seriously and values free speech in the extreme. The self-styled Anonymous (used as a mass noun) is a label and Internet meme adopted within Internet culture to represent the actions of Internet users acting anonymously toward a given agenda. In this sense, Anonymous is "all of us, yet none of us." The term is used in phrases such as "We are Anonymous. We do not forgive. We do not forget." More recently, in 2008 specific actions were undertaken by specific group, groups, or organizations, also self-named as "Anonymous," and often associated with websites and chat systems on the Internet. The general public's introduction to the group began with Project Chanology, a protest against the Church of Scientology. The most visible element of the protest was mass protests of many Church sites worldwide, the first being held on February 10, 2008. Anonymous, as a protest group, lacks a visible hierarchical structure or leaders, instead relying on individuals to contribute to the group on their own.

Presenters:

  • Ryan Hannigan / Dr3k as Ryan "Dr3k" Hannigan
    Ryan "Dr3k" Hannigan is an expert in Scientology and the history of the Sea Org. He currently resides in Hudson County, New Jersey.
  • Atkins
    Dr. Adlai Atkins started protesting Scientology on page 5 of the Anonymous vs. Scientology thread on Something Awful, after staying up all night and refreshing until page 55.
  • PokeAnon
    PokeAnon does media relations for EpicAnon.com. He lives on Long Island where he is a student. PokeAnon�s father is a Scientologist and it has been an issue for him in his private life.
  • Mike / Sethdood as Mike (Sethdood)
    Mike (Sethdood) is an asshole. Mike lives in Queens.
  • Little Sister
    Little Sister (aka The New York Nurse) is a graphic design major living in New Jersey, currently working on her second graphic design degree.
  • Dusk
    Dusk is from central New Jersey. He�s a college student in Monmouth County pursuing an English major.
  • Alex / DeMiNe0 as Alex (DeMiNe0)
    Alex (DeMiNe0) is the owner of EpicAnon.Com and lives in northern New Jersey. He is an IT engineer by career. He is a passionate free speech and human rights activist.

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