Anon+ Devs Say Site Will Give Users Options Others Don't

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Earlier this week, hacker collective Anonymous decided that it would found its own social networking site after being shut down on Google+.

The site, which is (temporarily) named Anon+, will give users freedoms that sites like Facebook and Google+ will not, according to developer/hacker "Higochoa." Higochoa is part of a team of 12 to 15 other developers, plus freelancers, who are building the site.

Like the other social networks, Anon+ will allow members to create profiles, add friends and communicate, as well as give users total control over who they share information with. The big difference is that the entire site will be anonymous, which is not allowed on the other networks.

The site will likely also include “Skype-like” video chat functionality, and other real-time communication features, says Higochoa. The network will incorporate ways for users to anonymously transfer money between each other, although Higochoa could not say whether it would be based upon traditional currency or something more like Bitcoin.

The selling point for the site is that members, be they hackers, Anonymous members, or regular web users, will have a place to go where they can get "what most corporations have taken away, and that is control,” said Higochoa. “[Anon+] will allow people to get both educated freely, and allow them to voice their opinion without having fear of any org or gov.”

The goal of Anon+, says Higochoa, is to give a user “the tools to get his voice heard over the masses.” Higochoa refused to go into detail about what exactly those tools would be, but he says that the structure and built-in functionality of Anon+ will make such empowerment possible — users will have “the same tools as the big guys.” In this vein, Higochoa says that the site will have tools that allow users to easily organize offline protests, without the risk of corporate censorship.



“It is also secure and without a central server, so it can’t be stopped once it’s started,” says Higochoa. This ensures “that control stays in the hands of the people. That alone is pretty different from other social networks.”

This means that members will have to download an application based off of (at least partially) peer-to-peer technology to use the network, which will also be the site's primary form of security. Higochoa says that accounts will be essentially un-hackable, making it impossible for authorities to reveal a user’s true identity.

"[Your] circle of friends will not only be the only ones that see your posts, but the only ones who ever handle any of your data, so there isn’t one place to get hacked,” says Higochoa. “If you get your Anon+ account hacked, it was you or one of your friends.”

As for when the site will be finished, Higochoa says the official release will be “sooner rather than later,” but couldn’t give an exact launch date. Of course, with members being arrested all around the globe more and more frequently, it's quite possible that the project could die off at any time.
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OmniDeus replied on Mon, Jul 25 2011 5:56 PM

seriously? when are they going to start organizing anarchist group meetings? this is such a bad idea, they even used the 'effing anarchy sign in the logo, what are they 12? get ready for an influx of police activities for anon.

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acarzt replied on Mon, Jul 25 2011 6:43 PM

Is anyone really going to trust these guys enough to use this?

I know I don't.

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meme replied on Mon, Jul 25 2011 8:23 PM

we haven't agreed on a "logo" we are all anonymous.  just because one uses an anarchy symbol doesn't mean we all agree. at least we are fighting for what we believe in. what about you??  want things to change? visit http://www.whatis-theplan.org

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DHampton replied on Mon, Jul 25 2011 11:28 PM

While I cant agree with all thats been done in there name they have done some cool stuff. And even the stuff the screwed up at least drew attention to some problems. As for trust meh I personally like testing my computers security. So even if its fake to screw people least I get a chance to test my system.

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OmniDeus replied on Tue, Jul 26 2011 2:39 PM

so meme, what is it exactly that you're fighting for? i mean seriously, you're getting all pissy because google kicked anon off g+? get a life man -- go outside, get laid, do something.

to answer your questions:

what about me? I'm spending most of my time working through a college degree that will earn me a six figure salary when I'm finished in a year. Do i want things to change? F*%K NO! I'm having the time of my life waiting for the day that i can buy anon from moot and shut it down for good so I can go down in internet history as the biggest troll EVER. so go on and waste your time making your "anonymous" social network. You're no threat to me since your doomed to fail with an idea like that.

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Jul 26 2011 5:54 PM

Honestly OmniDeus, that comment just does not work out well... I mean what has Anonymous done to you?

Anyway... It's just an anarchy logo, it's nothing to fight about. I mean nothing is ever finalized until they decide unanimously on a logo. And I seriously don't have any opinions on Anonymous' social network, none bad, none good. I like the stuff that they're doing and I think that the idea of an anonymous social network is interesting but again, have a passing interest on Anonymous' social network.

 

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OmniDeus replied on Tue, Jul 26 2011 10:28 PM

how can one be on a social network to meet people when everyone is anonymous? as i said before, its like organizing an anarchy group meeting -- it just doesn't make any sense. besides the true anonymous army should put a stop to this before it puts their asses in a sling.

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Jul 29 2011 12:43 PM

OmniDeus:
how can one be on a social network to meet people when everyone is anonymous? as i said before, its like organizing an anarchy group meeting -- it just doesn't make any sense.

Well we hide behind usernames all of the time, and nobody knows the identities behind our usernames,; therefore the true identity is anonymous. We have a choice to reveal our real names, our real lives and for some it's worked well, for others it's a nightmare. I think Anonymous has a point when they're saying they should of a choice whether or not to reveal our real names and lives; and again, since nobody knows the identities behind those usernames, those people are truly anonymous.

 

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