The FT decides it’s time to pay some serious attention to Anonymous. There’s a delightful incongruity to reading a sober, literal, FT description of what, exactly, a LOLcat or a rickroll is. It’s also a pretty good summary of Anonymous’ history and current state; the conclusion, that novel forms of online activism (dude you can’t bring me to write “hacktivism” non-ironically ok?) will continue to flourish seems pretty accurate too. Excerpt:
Anonymous has received nowhere near the press coverage for its Middle East activities as it has for its web attacks. To some, though, the former were a high-water mark, showing that the large and haphazard collective could unite to do good.
“They have done some spectacularly stupid things, but they should be commended for what they did during the Arab Spring,” says a technology activist from Canada, who uses the name Oxblood Ruffin*… “There were a lot of Anons involved in keeping servers running [during the Arab Spring], in telling people how to use the net and mobile phones safely. That’s 10,000 per cent hacktivism.”
*Did he get that from a George RR Martin book?