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Anonymous Bosnia – What Have We Learned?

Today, while enjoying my regular reading routine, I read a short tweet about Anonymous Bosnia.

Being from a very adjacent (once upon a time the same) country, it grabbed my interest instantly. If you have heard of Bosnia before, that was probably due to the fact that it was heavily devastated by war during the 90′s and the problems they are facing now – as a country that doesn’t really function very well (or at all), just like the rest of the Balkans.

Too many scars, too many problems.

This is exactly why I was excited about the idea that some people in Bosnia are actually thinking and hopefully doing something about the freedom of information, which is a very important part of our lives.

Freedom of information is not just a question of internet privacy, the problem is much broader, it is so subtly sewn in our everyday lives, that most of the time we are either not noticing it, or choosing to ignore it. Until recently, we were condemned to watching carefully prepared reports on radio and tv – but today we have the tools of building and learning in our hands. Still, most of the time we end up pleased by the censored information that is given to us, instead of actively pursuing it. This is exactly the kind of thinking that leads to new wars and mass murders. This comfortable acceptance of the provided info is what turns people into mindless zombies with no thirst for the truth, only the thirst for blood.

I refuse to accept that there is only one truth in a black-and-white world. The world is not black-and-white and this is why WE ARE THE INFORMATION. Support Anonymous Bosnia by translating videos or writing articles on their blog.

Anonymous and Team Poison join forces for #OpCensorThis

Apparently, a new form of activism will take place very soon. As it was announced on Twitter and YourAnonNews on Tumblr, a new song is on the way to “get the message out” and ” take youtube and iTunes by storm and flood the song into the world around us, with proceeds going to charities that are actively striving to change it.”

Especially interesting is the last part of a twitter message: “This guy is a beast on the mic.” Someone from Beastie Boys, maybe?

Full announcement can be seen here:


Anonymous vs Facebook: #OpFacebook a fake?

Few days ago, there were announcements all over the media and RT’s on Twitter about #OpFacebook, and a video announcement that Facebook will be destroyed by Anonymous on November 5th because of its privacy regulations.
Today, @anonops wrote:


Now, there are some things that could be interpreted as somewhat of a contradiction, since a few tweets after that @YourAnonNews actually confirm the action:

“@anonops there are in fact a Op to disrupt facebook… it may have nothing to do with the video, but I have been in the chats.”

and @anonops kind of washes their hands, distancing from the Op.

“#OpFacebook is being organised by some Anons. This does not necessarily mean that all of #Anonymous agrees with it.”

Few tweets later, they point out that

“[snip]Important things are happening in the world to deal with quirks like #OpFacebook.[/snip] “

In my point of view, it was somehow expected, since Anonymous is not your everyday single-minded organization with a head (or tail), but makes me wonder how strong and widespread #OpFacebook will be and what the consequences will be. Facebook is a giant, and perhaps Anonymous will bite more than they can chew?

On the other hand, maybe #OpFacebook is already a success, because a lot of people are already more aware that there is something fishy about Facebook’s ever-changing Privacy policy and Terms of Use.

@Unknown452 says:

“+ the OP is already a success. Ppl now know that what’s entered on FB, stays on FB & know what they do with our data.”

What the consequences of Anonymous attack on the social giant will be, remains to be seen, but one thing is certain – the battleground is getting more and more widespread and there is a cyber war going on, whether you like it or not. It is not all black and white as it was before, and there are shades of gray everywhere, so it is highly advisable to use your head and not take things for granted.

It is not just a simple matter of choosing sides, but a history (or future?) in the making, and history doesn’t walk on two, but a few million legs today and it is impossible to completely grasp it.





Nebojsa Despotovic

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