April 20th, 2011


Would the real Anonymous please stand up

So, in an interesting turn of events, yesterday a video* was posted to YouTube purporting to be a message from the group Anonymous (of taking down PayPal/Matercard/Visa fame) to the New Zealand government. The video was taken down very quickly, for 'violating YouTube's terms of service'. However, copies of it went up again just as quickly and it's still viewable here. For the YouTube un-enabled, here's a transcript:

"This is a message to the New Zealand Government.
We are Anonymous. We have been watching the actions taken by you and your legislation. The passing of the Infringing File Sharing bill is both a form of censorship and an invasion of privacy. Anonymous will not let this go by unnoticed.

Your beliefs that one is guilty until proven innocent is an unlawful and unjust policy. We do not believe that one, when accused of copyright infringement should be questioned by their internet support provider and eligible to pay a $15,000 fine unless proven innocent. We do not believe that one, when accused of copyright infringement should be sentenced to six months suspension of internet usage unless proven innocent. We do not believe that one, when accused of copyright infringement shall be called a criminal in the eyes of the Government for the simple act of accessing information unless proven innocent.

Those opposing the copyright law via online protest – we are with you.New Zealand, you now have the full attention of Anonymous.

We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us."

The video itself shows the Anonymous symbol, followed by a series stills of the blacked-out icons that symbolise the blackout protest movement, then some shots of the famous 'V for Vendetta' mask.

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[edit] This vid was uploaded by anonyops today.

Last night there was dinner with Dr Wheel's family. For me with my tiny, relatively quiet family, being in that group is like going into a crazy dream. He has three brothers and with parents, partners etc we totalled 11 people. All are witty, engaged and smart and the conversation pings around the table at high speed, segueing from Mongolian ancestry to hippie pants to the genetic factor in people's perception of other people's smell in the space of minutes. All the while, food appears on the lazy susan and everyone's helping themselves at high speed, kind of like a Western yum cha. It's chaotic and brain-bending and I love it. And since there's lots of them, these dinners happen regularly. It's really nice to be included as part of a large family - as an expat it's something I have historically only got to hear about. So for me, today is Wheel Family appreciation day.

And one of them in particular. <3

* I am waiting for the day when I stop using the word 'video' to describe these short clips. Since, you know, videos haven't been used since The Kid was in nappies.