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In the past few lectures, we’ve been carefully examining the concept of “coming out” as well as the conceptions of “public” and “private” in relation to the internet. Before reading Beltrán’s piece, I hadn’t heard of the DREAM Act, and found it interesting in the way that it is the complete opposite of the form of protest associated with Anonymous. While Anonymous is decentralized and has no strictly defined philosophy, all DREAMers share the same goal of becoming US citizens. In addition, while it is hard to believe individuals are behind Anonymous protests, DREAM activism humanizes the people behind the protests. Contrary to the internet’s early years of anonymity, these young protestors use social media to expose their identities and give the movement legitimacy. As Beltrán puts it, they use a “participatory politics that rejects secrecy and criminalization in favor of more aggressive forms of nonconformist visibility, voice and protest.”