Take a minute to watch this video from Anonymous announcing their plans to take down Facebook on Nov 5th and soliciting recruits.
Now pause and think about what it means to be a citizen of a country or participant in a community. Where do your assets (digital or physical), allegiances and relationships lie?
While riots rage and governments grapple, there are new nation states that have formed online with no borders. Some, like Facebook, have detailed rules and vigilant oversight. Others, like Anonymous, have a more fluid code of ethics and even looser controls over thier communities.
Whether they’re able to take down Facebook on the 5th is not really the point. The real point is that the web and world are mashing up in weird ways that are going to force us to rethink how and where we live- online and off.
This is a great point that, as soon as I hit play on the video, I completely lost in the sad realization that a hacker group has more sophisticated production values than a large portion of the web series out there.
A must watch for anyone with vested interest in the future of media and the internet: some incredibly insightful speculation from VC Roger McNamee, from how HTML 5 changes everything to why social is over. (Video, 52:22)