[cryptome] Anonymous Masquerade

  • From: John Young <cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:57:56 -0400

The ubiquity of crowd surveillance and recording by officials, informants
and contractors -- online and offline -- indicates a need to increase use
of pseudonyms, masks and other identity cloaks in forums, protests and
demonstrations. That is well known.

Provocative nics, masks, costumes and other disguises are also used
as forms of disclosure and messaging for attacting media attention for
amplification. Too, common practice.

Guy Fawkles masks have spread worldwide in concert with
a host of traditional and contemporary masquerades, facial and full-body.
These advocates and protestors anonymizing and diversifying tools
combat the mass-anonymizing and menacing tools of police Ninja
suits, water cannon vehicles, helicopters, armored cars, spies,
informants and contractors, overt and undercover.

As officials increasingly anonymize surveillance and attacks
on protestors to avoid responsibility for individual actors and
accountability for agencies -- especially in democracies --
advocates and protestors should counter with more imaginative
use of costumes and cloaks to convey opposition to the asymmetry
of hiding authoritarian behavior -- offline as well as online.

Guy Fawkes masks, like the nic Anonymous, are being transformed
from singularity to multiplicy to reconfigure ready-mades into
ingenious, non-violent IEDs, improvised exposure devices.

However the unchanged Guy Fawkes mask -- like ubiquitous
jeans and checked shirts -- may hide identity better than a
custom-made. Bland as effective as outrageous.

An example based on looking at hundreds of photos of Zuccotti
Park protests: dozens of men approximated the appearance of Sabu --
by adopting a common look in NYC, he did not stand out like many
of the undercover cops.

A photo series of masquerade protests:


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