This House believe that The world needs ‘Anonymous Group’
Anonymous refers to the group of internet hackers working globally. ‘Anonymous’ meaning ‘unknown name’ has its members all over the world. Its members are estimated to be about 3,000. They utilize hacking as their method to resist. They target society, nation, or company who stand opposite to their opinions. They are called ‘Hacktivists’, a new term combined Hacker and Activist, focusing more on leaking information and announcing it publicly rather than freezing the website. In 2012, CIA and Interpol investigated together to arrest about 20 criminals, predicted to be Anonymous members, in 15 different cities in Spain and Argentina. But since they work ‘anonymously’, it is not easy to track them. Furthermore, there are those who passionately support those activities of anonymous. They believe that Anonymous can be an alternative in the current age where those in power monopolize and exploit information.
Anonymous, do we need the group in the current age?
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a. It prevents monopoly of information power.
Anonymous should be focused on the meaning of their activities rather than its existence. Real political power monopolizes ‘information’ and maintains, strengthens its power in a way of utilizing and exploiting ‘information’. Whether Anonymous being a group of activities leading voluntary movements or simply a group of hackers who enjoy breaking into the system, the very existence of such group is a warning toward the monopoly of information.
b. It satisfies the right to know in the society of democracy.
Wikileaks opens information with moral, political or historical importance to the public, believing that satisfaction of the right to know, public benefit, is prioritized over the disadvantage. Democratic society is basically transparent. Such activities as Anonymous will make it more transparent, information coming from national authorities’ decision process.
a. Anonymous is simply another information power.
Sometimes, it is beneficial to treat information which can lead confusion or danger within the society properly without publicly announcing. Ultimately, it has to be decided by someone that whether information related to public field to be open or not. Such decision on opening the information is given to the national government which we created ourselves. Unless such trust and authority given to Anonymous, Anonymous simply is a ‘selfish’ group which acts on their own thoughts.
b. It is another name of cyber criminals.
Hacking is a crime which creates social confusion and social order destruction. Despite their humongous political, ethical reasons, it is absurd thinking to treat ‘Anonymous’ without any real being as a hero.