In a bid to garner more support, hacktivist group Anonymous has announced the launch of an official IRC channel where, it says, everyone interested in joining their cause to â€œfight against the possibility of censorshipâ€ can do so without restriction.
The press release, Anonymous also places a stronger public emphasis on fighting Internet censorship by standing up against bills like ACTA, CISPA, FISA, NDRP and SOPA that are presented as anti-piracy laws meant to protect both userâ€™s and companyâ€™s intellectual rights.
â€œSince then, bills such as ACTA, CISPA, FISA, NDRP and SOPA have sprung up in an attempt to censor the Internet. They come with a thin veil of disinformation to hide their true purpose; they are labeled â€œAnti Piracyâ€, â€œCounter Terrorismâ€, or â€œNational Securityâ€ policies,â€ according to the press release. â€œEach time they are slightly more successful, but eventually they are stopped by international forces such as Anonymous and organized groups with similar idealsâ€.
The official AnonPC IRC channel is promoted as a means of disseminating information among supporters without having a media filter applied to their message. By saying that supporters can join their cause regardless of their fields of interest, AnonPR is again trying to rally masses in a joint effort of preventing Internet censorship.
â€œLet your voice be heard. Together, acting as one, we can work towards a better tomorrow,â€ said their press release. â€œWhat are these governments trying to prove? What are they trying to hide? Who or what are they protecting?â€