Anonymous is a group initiating active civil disobedience and spread through the Internet while staying hidden, originating in 2003 on the imageboard 4chan, representing the concept of many online community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain.
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Sometimes described as a collection of hacker activists, sometimes as a joke, Anonymous has been making international headlines for the past several years. Most recently, Anonymous came to the world’s notice for their actions during the WikiLeaks affair and during the “Arab Spring”. But who are they?