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The internet’s cyber radicals: heroes of the web changing the world | Technology | The Observer

The site is distinctive because users can post material anonymously, and some users have also organised themselves as a collective, using the name “Anonymous”. What does that actually mean?
As recently as six years ago, people were used to forums where you could lurk, you could view, but in order to post and participate, you had to register. Because you didn’t need to register on 4chan, people started to appreciate it, and realise how radically different it was. We began to see anonymity not just as an aspect or feature, but as a thing, as a principle, as an idea that we are one, we are a collective, we are Anonymous. People then came to the site who not only saw Anonymous as a principle, but started to exploit anonymity as a new platform where they could be rebellious and no one knew who they were. 

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