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Anonymous is based in anonymity. Participants trade their own individualism for collectivism, so that anonymity becomes a positive force in galvanizing political action. Anonymity, especially in the context of Anonymous, is interesting because it is basically public privacy. All participants keep their identity private, but do so publicly. In some ways, this move gets us to think through possibilities of anonymity. The Internet has supposedly eroded the division of public and private, and, as we discussed in class, has led to the belief that the home has been compromised, that the home is exposed to dangerous online content. The move to protect the home, however, has been coupled with an explosion of child pornography, cyberbullying, sexting scandals, and the like. So many things like these occur online, despite the alleged transparency of the Internet. Thus, a group like Anonymous becomes interesting because it grew out of one of the seediest anonymous places on the Internet. The group makes an interesting point about how anonymity can actually be channeled towards meaningful public action, and questions the logic of security.