When Anonymous Protest Goes Too Far

The future has arrived in the form of a virtual political network that could have stepped out of a dystopian William Gibson piece of science fiction. "We are everywhere, we are everyone. We are Anonymous," boasted a member of Anonymous, the self-appointed defenders of WikiLeaks and of Internet freedom, in an online interview earlier this week with the Economist.

Anonymous offers a warning about the future of radical political protest in the digital age of radical transparency. And, for those who value political accountability and responsibility, Anonymous is as chilling as one of Gibson's bleakest visions.

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