Coleman on Anonymous

| May 10, 2012

While government officials and law enforcement are painting Anonymous as one of HL Mencken’s “imaginary goblins” poised to menace the public, it’s worth noting that national governments around the world have aspired to control the internet, and have been developing statutes that erode individual rights and privacies, long before this entity came to prominence. Anonymous is more a reaction to these trends than a cause. The brutal, depressing and dire fact of the matter is that an expansive surveillance state is not here to come but is already in our midst. The surveillance state is so well entrenched that if Anonymous were to vanish tomorrow, or never had happened in the first place, it is doubtful that the trajectory of the expansion of the surveillance state would be deterred. It seems misplaced, even disingenuous, at this juncture, to blame Anonymous’ actions for increasing the rate at which governments and security companies seek to control the internet, private data, and online freedoms.

via Everything you know about Anonymous is wrong – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.