Anonymous Inc.

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I want to join Anonymous.  I don’t mean anonymous as in women who’ve reached the disappearing age of 45+.

I mean Anonymous, the technology hackers to whom the media collectively refer to as “subversive”.

Imagine being a subversive like Julian Assange (who is, of course, no longer anonymous) with a collection of technology tricks to expose corporations, governments and banking corruption.

How wonderful to hack into mainframes and disrupt the work of environmental and social polluters.

No-one would know it was me because I’d be anonymous.

Which makes Anonymous a group of genuine, risk-taking citizen activists who act for the greater good and not for fame or glory: a bunch of superhero technology gurus masking their deeds by clever internet use.

The downside of all this subversive hacking is being caught. Prospects for a fair trial are grim — just look at Assange, Bradley Manning and Aaron Swartz.

However, if I avoid capture I shall remain anonymous.

I’m already halfway there.

For more information regarding Anonymous, here is a Truthdig podcast.

Author: Sue Bell
Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

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