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anonymous

(1) Nameless. See anonymous post and anonymous Web surfing.

(2) (Anonymous) A loose, underground hacker community that attempts to bring down or damage websites of organizations and government agencies that are not socially responsible. Advocating freedom, fairness and justice, Anonymous became known to the public in a 2007 Los Angeles TV report and has since claimed responsibility for numerous break-ins. In 2010, it hacked PayPal, MasterCard and Visa for no longer accepting donations to WikiLeaks after the site disclosed U.S. military documents. See WikiLeaks.

The Guy Fawkes Mask
Anonymous adopted a mask created to honor Guy Fawkes as a symbol of rebellion in the 2005 movie "V for Vendetta." Fawkes was in charge of the gunpowder in a failed 1605 plot to blow up Parliament and restore a Catholic monarchy to England. About to be hanged to near death and then disemboweled, Fawkes jumped from the gallows and did himself in. In 1606, Parliament turned the foiled Gunpowder Plot into a national holiday.


Anonymous "Reconnect" Rally
In Amsterdam in 2008, Anonymous objected to Scientology ordering its members to "disconnect" with anyone not supportive of their beliefs. (Image courtesy of photographer John Melskens.)
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If I were in their shoes, I'd be clamouring as loudly as they are for his anonymity to end.
If I were in their shoes I'd be clamouring as loudly as they are for his anonymity (to end).
The internet has created a completely new order for anonymity.
For the foregoing reasons, even in this age - with RA 10951 punishing anonymity - Rizal will most probably still be a prisoner.
Since the identities used in BSM transmissions are pseudonyms, pseudoIDs, the only way to protect privacy in VANETs is by pseudonym anonymity, or as we call it, anonymity.
In a statement outside Westminster yesterday, following the police decision that no further action would be taken against Mr Pritchard, the Wrekin MP called for a review of anonymity rules.
My studies of this ragtag band of hackers and rabble-rousers has revealed to me how important the prospect of anonymity remains.
Many newspapers are disallowing anonymity for comments, others require people to sign in with their Facebook account, and a few have abolished comment sections altogether.
Studies have shown broker anonymity to have positive effects on the market primarily by causing reduced bid-ask spreads.
Online, under the cloak of anonymity, people are more likely to behave in ways that they ordinarily would not if their identity was intact.
Someone has got to do something about an anonymity law," he said.