Anonymous is a loosely associated and decentralized international network of activist and hacktivist entities. Anonymous is a series of relationships, whereby hundreds of hundreds of people are active within; varying in skill-sets and issues they want to advance. While there are no specific goals, there is an overarching desire to combat censorship, promote freedom of speech, and counter government control and ultimately right the wrongs via the function of the internet that sparks the people within the collective into action.
However, Anonymous have been categorised by the public as unpatriotic, childish and cyber bullies:
I personally that Anonymous is an important political social movement giving power that can be constructive to the greater good of our communities both physical and digital. In 2011, Anonymous established the movement ‘Operation DarkNet’ – a campaign against child porn traded via anonymised sites. In one situation, the group publicized 190 IP addresses of child exploitation culprits exposing their identity and physical locations: “The information was supposedly harvested in 24 hours from a ‘darknet’ site invisible to normal web users, by tricking posters into downloading tracker software.”. The hacker group has claimed that it has shut down more than 40 Web sites for sharing pedophilia and released the names of more than 1,500 alleged users of a website called ‘Lolita City’, containing more than 100GB of child pornography.