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article imageAnonymous group launch 'citizen journalism' site

By Tim Sandle     Apr 21, 2013 in Technology
Anonymous, the hacking collective and anti-censorship body, have launched a new venture: a website for crowdsourced news.
The new site by Anonymous will be called Your Anon News. The site aims to collect breaking reports. According to the BBC, who quote from the group, the new site will include feeds for livestream events "as they are taking place instead of the 10-second sound bites provided by the corporate media".
The main way that news will reach the site is via crowdsouricng. Crowdsourcing, according to Wired, is the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers.
Anonymous is a loose group of hackers and Internet users. Its members are also involved in a number of demonstrations, often wearing stylized Guy Fawkes masks. The group was formed in 2003.
The group divides opinion, with Fox News describing them as an "internet hate machine"; whereas a recent report in the Guardian highlights the benefits of the group's on-line activities in relation to different social causes.
The site is named after Anonymous' social media news feeds. The Your Anon News title is already used by several of the collective’s social media accounts, for example its popular Twitter and Tumblr accounts.
Funding was raised by individual donors (via Indiegogo). Slashdot notes that some $54,000 was raised through small donations.
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