How to be a Digital Anarchist

  • Posted on: 26 September 2012
  • By: worker

<table><tr><td>From <a href="">Animal... - By Kyle Chayka

<p>Ever since the first few curious kids ventured out onto early BBS sites, the internet has always represented an escape from reality: a virtual landscape where the tech-savvy can communicate with each other, share information &#8212; from DIY how-tos to obscure pornography &#8212; and hatch plans that range from acts of crowd-sourced kindness to sinister real-life trolling plots. The web has also become a haven for certain extra-governmental or anti-governmental phenomena, a free launching ground for political groups, ideological communities, and black markets. In all its radical openness, the web is the closest thing we have to controlled anarchy.</p>
<p>Anarchism’s core belief is that humanity could still hold together without laws or government, maintaining order with social bonds and a willingness to share equally. In fact, one theory behind that Anarchism symbol that’s graffitied on the walls of cities across the world &#8212; the letter A inside an O &#8212; is that it came from French philosopher Pierre-Joseph Proudhon’s statement that “anarchy is the mother of order.” Sounds just like the web to us! Online, there’s no hierarchy, no governing body, and communities grow based on sharing &#8212; yet order is maintained.</p></td><td><img title="Except for the fact that none of that is true... totally!" src=""></td>...

<p>So instead of attempting to rebel against the government or passing around inflammatory pamphlets, maybe it’s better to take anarchic activities online. Like a beginner’s digital <em>Anarchist Cookbook</em>, this is our guide to making the most of your anarchic web experience, using technology to help with everything from circumventing surveillance face-recognition software to erasing your tracks online and dodging copyright.</p>
<p><span style="font-family: 'GeoSlab703XBdBTExtraBold'; font-size: 20px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;">Avoiding Big Brother</span></p>
<p>Twenty-first century technology has made surveillance simple, from London&#8217;s patchwork network of CCTV cameras (1 camera for <a href=" 14 citizens</a> of the city, according to some journalists) to Facebook’s tracking of which sites you visit, links you click on, and people you look up. But the same technology has also made it easier to prevent being watched. Those stupid browse-anonymously websites that business computers so often block aren’t going to cut it. For completely encrypted surfing, the only answer is Tor, short for “The Onion Router.” Launched in 2002, Tor is an easily downloadable piece of software that uses a global network of servers to conceal the locations of individual browsers—the “onion” in the name comes from Tor’s different layers of encryption. The network has been instrumental in organizing anti-governmental protests like those of the Arab Spring, allowing for freedom of expression in countries where it’s illegal.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220202" title="avoding big brother" src=" alt="" width="599" height="599" /></p>
<p>Speaking of preserving anonymity for protesters, artist Adam Harvey’s <a href="">CV Dazzle</a> is a system of visual hacks, using make-up, asymmetrical haircuts, and clothing to stymie the face recognition software that’s now being used in urban security cameras. When subpoenas can force Twitter to hand over information about its users activities, there&#8217;s Vibe &#8212; a new substitute that allows anonymous registration, hidden hashtags, and ephemeral messages. Burner is an iPhone app that turns your smartphone into that drug-dealer staple, the disposable cell. Though the service doesn’t promise to keep your calls completely off record, the app will swap your phone number out with a new, random one for short-term use. Deleting the number and getting another one is as easy as hitting a button.</p>
<p><span style="font-family: 'GeoSlab703XBdBTExtraBold'; font-size: 20px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;">Purchasing Illicit Goods</span></p>
<p>The web is also the world’s biggest marketplace, and it’s pretty easy to find just about anything for sale online. The <a href="">Silk Road</a>, which requires Tor to access, is the internet’s premier digital souk, a sprawling bazaar whose members buy and sell contraband substances. Launched in February of 2011, the Silk Road has become infamous as “the of illegal drugs,” as <a href=" called it</a>. Dealers on the site traffic entirely through Bitcoin, an untraceable virtual currency pegged to the U.S. dollar, and transactions are held in escrow until both parties are satisfied.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220207" title="Web" src=" alt="" width="600" height="599" /></p>
<p>The site relies on a certain amount of trust to work &#8212; sellers have to purchase their accounts and buyers and vendors alike are both rated. There’s a code of conduct to be followed, but the site complies with the laws of no country or government; it exists independently, made possible only by the internet.</p>
<p><span style="font-family: 'GeoSlab703XBdBTExtraBold'; font-size: 20px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;">Screw Copyright </span></p>
<p>If there’s one thing the internet has been great at over the past two decades, it’s liberating copyrighted material. Much to the chagrin of the music and movie industries, the web has made pirating, rather than buying, the de riguer method of media acquisition for generations of young consumers. We’re way beyond choppy Kazaa downloads now, with websites devoted to distributing the latest in pirated TV episodes, albums, and software. Kickass Torrents and Pirate Bay are search engines for Bittorrent downloads, a decentralized, peer-to-peer system that links groups of uploaders to groups of downloaders, ensuring high speeds. Upload sites like Rapidshare and Yousendit (as well as the recently shuttered Megaupload) offer free space for users to host files. All of those download links are easily searchable through Google.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220206" title="Web" src="" alt="" width="599" height="599" /></p>
<p>On the other side of the equation, the open source movement provides a framework for creators who want their work to be easily distributable online without the need for overwhelming copyright restrictions. Look for the <a href="">Creative Commons label</a>, which signifies content with limited or no copyright, often free to use for non-commercial projects. The <a href="">Free Music Archive</a> collects Creative Commons songs while Flickr has a <a href="">search engine</a> for Creative Commons-only images.</p>
<p><span style="font-family: 'GeoSlab703XBdBTExtraBold'; font-size: 20px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;">Hacking Satellites</span></p>
<p>The upside of the 21st century’s constant surveillance is that we can all take advantage of it too. Sure, we’ve all used Google Maps and Street View to check out our hometowns, maybe spy on the current address of an ex. But it’s also possible to use satellites more directly. The first American personal satellite was launched, amazingly, in 1961 by the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, who <a href="">piggybacked on a U.S. government operation</a>—the satellite quickly failed, but it had enough power to broadcast a few signals before falling back to Earth.</p>
<p>Now that satellites are commonly used for everything from directing drones to coordinating GPS, some tech-savvy computers users are taking advantage of them in a different way. A 2011 report stated that U.S.-operated satellites are vulnerable to attacks, and hackers have <a href="">compro... the integrity of the satellites</a> more than once. The flip side of attacking satellites is actually launching private orbital machines. That strategy is <a href=" attempted</a> by Berlin’s Chaos Communication Congress as well as the bittorrent host Pirate Bay, who, if their land-bound servers are disrupted, plan to launch their own airborne servers. Of course, the Guardian <a href=" the effectiveness</a> of that claim, but the proposal still stands.</p>
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<p>For as long as the internet remains a relatively anarchic zone, technology exists for any activist to take advantage of. There isn’t any universal online bill of rights, so it’s important to take be careful &#8212; but, as generations of pioneers have done before, always remember, push the boundaries.</p>


Facebook Hipster Anarchists Unite for the Common Good!

As a Facebook hipster anarchist I am offended. This guy doesn't represent me.

Sent from an iDrone.

I didn't read it, I could tell that this was from pre 2000's and not even vintage cool.

technology is control

There's a world of difference between self-control and control over others.

Power is inherent and unlikely to disappear. Concentrations of power are not inherent and can be dissolved.

None of this was new or useful.


agggh, duh.

signed AAA

... kind of disappointed at how useless this was.

As from the comments above, you can see that a good portion of a news viewers don't really care that they are controlled by the internet or don't really see the full picture of how they are controlled by it. The INTERNET just like Video Games and TV are only there to pacify everyone so that that when times are unpleasant they won't revolt. That's what I got out of the article.


^Not really what I got out of the article but what it started to make me think about.

Being a Internet Anarchist?...hahahahahaha wow...I sure bet those who came before us that paved the way for Anarchy and Revolution would kick us all in the ass for letting this all go to this kind of bull shit. Get off you're computers and head to the streets and really do something.

I think every anarchist should leave the internet and go underground. Put down the book and begin building clicks for upcoming street actions. They are coming very soon. LEAVE FACEBOOK!

I'm the poster above you.......but yeah I like the sound of that...I been thinking that lately actually and been trying to do so.


STFU, agent! Now go back to work before I call your superior for disciplinary action over wasting tax dollars into comment sections.


tax dollars?! oh surely you jest!

open suicide not clandestine death!

that *cliques* not clicks.

You strict adherence to proper English reeks of too much book studying taking the place of direct action. Stop spending your time reading and placing so much emphasis on language and start taking matters into your own hands and changing the world around you. Time is too precious.

But *not precious enough* for you to ignore my correction of a really stupid mistake and to write your objection to my "strict adherence to proper English" in such proper English!

Too many anarchists fill in gaps of insurrection with reading time when they could have been building strong alliances with other anarchist groups or radicals for upcoming demonstrations that have potential to turn into an insurrection. We have the same problems other countries do but we just spend our time reading and typing while other spend their time organizing for social war.

When the iron gets hot again with something new now that occupy is dead and something will take its place, you will need strong connections to help sustain the insurrection a little longer should one form for the longer one lasts, the harder it is for skeptics, media commentators and power mongers to say "insurrection in american isn't possible because we're too proud and better off than the rest of the world".

The riots will contradict the notion that things are peaceful because everything is fine. You have to unplug from the position of a spectator be insert yourself into action and do something that make the action bigger and more noticeable than all the others. Competing to see who can create more havoc to show that this government doesn't have the control it thought it had over its citizens should be on every anarchists agenda but since not every anarchist sees insurrection as necessary to win, it's easy for those who do see it as necessary to just give up on trying to create one.

Don't give up. Never let other bring you down. There is hope but you have to make it happen. Don't wait for others to make it happen for you because that's what everyone else who thinks like you is doing. This is where the meaning "change starts from with in" is super relevant.

I am agree reeding and riting is for stupids. Only reel militents spend all there daze organize for SOCIAL WAR. Their should be moar military trains for fite this SOCIAL WAR good so can win it and be the victorious!

Ima goon fite it soooo good it hirts.

Totally! I mean like we just need to think globally but take some directors actions locally NOW if we're serious. Thanks for the helpful, pathetic attempt at aping real anarchist ideas, officer.

Competing to see who can write the stupidest comment on an even stupider thread to show that this movement doesn't have the self-control it thought it had over itself should be on every anarchist's agenda! Yes! *every single anarchist's agenda.* But since not every anarchist sees things the way I do, it's easy for me to just give up on trying to create a movement fit for my awesome leadership.

The mistake you made was (assuming I believe proper English is important just because I chose not to ignore your criticism of me.)

I chose not to ignore your criticism, very true but not so much because it bothered me but more so because I wanted to share a very powerful point, that getting too hung up on the English language fits the profile more of someone who is a nerd who doesn't fit in or doesn't get out as opposed to knowing how to deal with people and is a hardcore revolutionary kind of guy who could care less about the English language and just wants to bring people together to fight oppression any chance he gets with out wasting time competing with others or perfecting at being an asshole who tries to outsmart everyone all the time.

In person, that kind of behavior is not gona get you anything but a punch in the nose. It might be from someone you would consider stupid who is not privileged but is poor with a poor education not from your neighborhood.

While I welcome being corrected I can assure you that most won't appreciate your kind of ridicule in public so I recommend you keep it on the internet for your own safety. Extreme compulsive behavior like this can be very damaging to any kind of resistance building if it spills out of cyber space into the public realm. Not all anarchists are Grammar Nazi's and don't come off as white and privileged.

The most vocal ones on here who are strict with language help keep anarchists isolated to a small group of white college elitists that nobody in the really oppressed community would really like or want to get along with. The illiterate ones who are the most oppressed in society and are the biggest victims of capitalism and police brutality and they will be more inclined to fight side by side with a humbly educated anarchist and not an elitist fuckhead.

The worst thing you can do right now is come off as someone who is a white, spoiled, privileged and there for someone whose success breeds his own arrogance. I'll stand corrected but you need to check yoself NOW before you wreck yoself later.

A punch in the nose? My own safety? I will wreck myself later? *It is to laugh.* Out loud and right in your poor pathetic face.

You are *a hardcore revolutionary kind of guy*? Oooooo, that turns me on. What are you wearing right now? Pink panties? I love pink panties, especially on *a hardcore revolutionary kind of guy*!

You mean we should stop being marginalized, and start being intentionally obscure? Oh yeah, that aught to work.

I think the internet is actually more productive, but doing both is a good idea.

On the internet, you're only heard by those who choose to hear you and have an open mind. Your content meets wider audiences because like-minded folks concentrate on a site when they could not do the same in person.

On the street, you hold up signs and people drive past and forget about you. Some people see you and wonder, most ignore you. The best street action, I think, is actually to just sit on a street, hold a curious sign and invite conversations.

Vintage digital anarchy is the only place to start.

' The Cyphernomicon' by Tim May and ' Assassination Politics' by Jim Bell.

What DARPA is to today's internet, cypherpunk libertarianism is to our anarchy. Beyond is anything.


Privilege check!

no more "checks", please

take that shit to occupy

tell it to kropotkin and bakunin

This blows.

Also isn't it authoritarian to say how to be an "anarchist".

What does the 2nd chart mean? Just standard mutual aid?

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