Representatives affiliating themselves with Anonymous, the shadow-collective known mostly for its online hacktivism, have recently announced both a year-long, multi-leveled operation to "build an Anonymous collective and define its form and function" at large and among local communities, as well as a nascent political party.
"The Plan" kicks off with phase 1 on July 30th at nightfall, respectively across the globe, with a street operation to spread the word that "Anonymous is here and we are a force to be
reckoned with by posting flyers, stickers, tags, etc across your cities." An companion online operation will commence that night at 9PM EST. The Anonymous agenda has been characterized by those behind
The Plan as promoting freedom of speech, government trasparency, and
personal growth, all in service of a sustainable society built around an
informed knowledge network.
The Anonymous political party is mostly theory at this point, but one contributor to the blog site has gotten positive reactions for an expansive vision: "Our party will be open source, and reliant on humanity's greatest tool [the internet] to keep it that way. Our candidates, senators, MPs, ministers and, one can only hope, premiers and un prezidentes, will not be leaders at all, merely our puppets. The actions of party officials and the structure of the organisation will be totally transparent and watched closely by Anonymous Party members from all corners of the Earth. Our official puppets will follow the Anonymous consensus, for example they wont vote in a direction unless Anons are voting in that direction on their websites or they might not make a speech unless the transcript has more likes than dislikes." A development team is evidently being assembled to create the necessary web applications to support the party. A U.S. Anonymous Party website has been organized, but it remains to be seen whether this iteration is the one that will move forward. Since Anonymous is leaderless collective, it is up to the collective itself to determine what directions the movement will take, based on organic, peer-to-peer decisionmaking.