Anonymity and Anonymous

Ida Rasmussen Züricho, Ulrik André Bøgelund, Toke Dahler-Larsen & David Schulsinger Rehof

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt

Abstrakt

This project discusses the hacktivist association Anonymous. Using the Vejlegården conflict that took place during the summer of 2012, it examines the democratic practice of Anonymous. Unusually, Anonymous took the employer’s side and attacked the websites of labour unions 3F and HK. Analysing 90 pages of chat logs from a forum used by Anonymous during the days of the attacks, the project discusses whether the conversations, decisions and discussions on these forums are adhering to commonly accepted democratic principles in political theory. The analysis is especially focused on how the concept of anonymity affects the behavior of Anonymous. The project argues that the practice on the forums is decided by a distinguishable hierarchy, an exclusion of users disagreeing and no regards to a concept of common good. The project concludes that the behavior shown from the logs is in severe conflict with desirable democratic practice. Additionally, the project discusses the existing literature on the field and provides a supplement to the findings, methodology and approaches of current Anonymous scholars.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
SprogEngelsk
Udgivelsesdato28 jan. 2013
VejledereSilas Harrebye

Emneord

  • Anonymity
  • Anonymous
  • Democratic Participation
  • doxxing
  • m0ralfag