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Declaration of the Anonymous Netizens 2009

06.24.09 | Comment?

Cross-posted on Shanghaiist:

Floating around on the Chinese interwebs right now is the very creative Declaration of the Anonymous Netizens 2009. It is an apt description of our mood right now following the mysterious disappearance of all Google apps in China [h/t Rick Martin, @mranti @fumi]

2009 Declaration of the Anonymous Netizens

To the Internet censors of China,

We are the Anonymous Netizens. We have seen your moves on the Internet. You have deprived your netizens of the freedom of speech. You have come to see technology as your mortal enemy. You have clouded and distorted the truth in collaboration with Party mouthpieces. You have hired commentators to create the “public opinion” you wanted to see. All these are etched into our collective memory. More recently, you forced the installation of Green Dam on the entire population and smothered Google with vicious slander. It is now clear as day: what you want is the complete control and censorship of the Internet. We hereby declare that we, the Anonymous Netizens, are going to launch our attack worldwide on your censorship system starting on July 1st, 2009.

For the freedom of the Internet, for the advancement of Internetization, and for our rights, we are going to acquaint your censorship machine with systematic sabotage and show you just how weak the claws of your censorship really are. We are going to mark you as the First Enemy of the Internet. This is not a single battle; it is but the beginning of a war. Play with your artificial public opinion to your heart’s content, for you will soon be submerged in the sea of warring netizens. Your archaic means of propaganda, your epithets borrowed straight from the Cultural Revolution era, your utter ignorance of the Internet itself – these are the tolls of your death bell. You cannot evade us, for we are everywhere. Violence of the state cannot save you – for every one of us that falls, another ten rises. We are familiar with your intrigues. You label some of us as the “vicious few” and dismiss the rest of us as unknowing accomplices; that way you can divide and rule. Go ahead and do that. In fact, we encourage you to do that; the more accustomed you are to viewing your netizens this way, the deeper your self-deception.

You are trying in vain to halt the wheels of history. Even with your technocratic reinforcements, you will not understand the Internet in the foreseeable future. We congratulate you on your adherence to your Cultural-Revolution style conspiracy theories in your dealings with dissent; for we too get nostalgic at times. We toast to your attempts to erect a Great Wall among your netizens, for such epic folly adds spice to any historical narrative. Still, there’s something we feel obliged to tell you.

NOBODY wants to topple your regime. We take no interest whatsoever in your archaic view of state power and your stale ideological teachings. You do not understand how your grand narrative dissipated in the face of Internetization. You do not understand why appealing to statism and nationalism no longer works. You cannot break free from your own ignorance of the Internet. Your regime is not our enemy. We are not affiliated in any way with any country or organization, and we are not waging this war on any country or organization, not even on you. YOU are waging this war on yourself. YOU are digging your own grave through corruption and antagonization. We are not interested in you, destined for the sewage of history. You cannot stop the Internetization of the human race. In fact, we won’t bat an eyelid even if you decide to sever the transpacific information cables in order to obtain the total control you wanted. The harder you try to roll back history, the more you strain the already taut strings, and the more destructive their final release. You are accelerating your own fall. The sun of tomorrow does not shine on those who are fearing tomorrow itself.

We are the Anonymous Netizens. We are the sum of the world’s entire online population. We are coordinated. We are dominant. We are innumerable. For every one of us that falls, another ten joins. We are omnipresent. We are omnipotent. We are unstoppable. We have no weaknesses. We utilize every weakness. We are the humanity under every mask. We are the mirrors of conscience. We are created equal. We are born free. We are an army. We do not forgive. We do not forget.

LIBERTY LEADS THE INTERNET.

WE’RE COMING.

Original Chinese text after the jump:

2009匿名网民宣言

你好,中国政府网络审查部门。我们是匿名网民。长久以来,我们目视了你对互联网的所作所为。你对互联网言论自由的无端封锁,你对互联网先进技术的敌视,你 勾结宣传喉舌对事实真相的扭曲,你运用网络评论员对网络舆论的的毒化,这些都深深地刻印在我们的记忆中。随着最近你绿坝强制安装的通知和对谷歌的恶毒诽谤 的出炉,你全面控制全面审查互联网的险恶用心已经明白无误地展现在人们面前。我们匿名网民于此决定,我们将从2009年 7月1日开始在全球范围内对你所控制的网络审查体系发起全面袭击。

为了保卫互联网的自由,为了推动人类网络化的前进,同时也为了我们自己的网络权利,我们将对你的网络审查体系进行系统性破坏并展现你所谓网络审查体 系在真正网络力量之前的渺小。我们将你视为网络头号公敌。我们对你发起的将是持久战。无论你如何利用宣传喉舌愚弄舆论,你终将湮没在人民战争的汪洋大海之 中。你古板的宣传手段,你文革般陈旧口号式的叫嚣,你对互联网的无知,你“为了下一代”之类的虚伪说辞,这些都为你的彻底失败敲响了丧钟。你无处可逃,因 为我们无处不在。国家暴力机器不能拯救你,因为我们每一个成员的倒下,都意味着另外十名新成员的加入。我们清楚地意识到你会运用你惯常的阶级斗争伎俩,在 你的蛊惑宣传中赋予我们“不明真相群众”的标签在我们与普通民众之间划出界线,然后赋予我们“少数不法分子”的标签在我们内部划出界线,最终各个击破。对 我们来说,这是可以接受的。事实上,这是我们所鼓励的。原因很简单,你越这样看待你的人民,你皇帝新装的美丽就越不言自喻。

随着人类网络文明的发展,处于优势地位的统治阶级敌视网络化的陈旧意识形态逐渐成为历史发展进步的阻碍。旧意识形态势力对新兴网络势力的诬蔑和压 迫,对网络世界的敌视和封锁,这些都表明了他们对于历史潮流的恐惧,都将成为他们在退出历史舞台之前的最后挣扎。那些妄图在历史车轮面前螳臂挡车的,都将 最终被扫进历史的垃圾堆。即使你的血液正在得到数字移民的缓慢补充,你在可见的未来将仍然无法理解网络。我们会欣赏你对于异己几十年不变的阴谋论观点和文 革口号文风,因为我们也会有怀旧的心情;我们也将笑谈你试图在互联网上划出国界的举动,因为愚蠢行为从来都是史书中的笑点。不过我们可以真诚地告诉你:

没有人想要更迭你的政权,我们对你陈旧的政权概念和意识形态烂腌菜毫不感兴趣。你无法理解在人类网络化的历史潮流之前宏大叙事为何而消解,你也无法 理解国家和民族概念为何将分崩离析,你无法改变你对互联网的无知。你的政权无法成为我们真正的敌人。我们不是任何国家和组织的朋友,我们也不是任何国家和 组织的敌人。只有你是你自己最大的敌人,你正在为你自己掘下腐烂和异化的坟墓。我们对即将进入历史垃圾堆的事物没有兴趣。网络化是你无法阻挡的历史潮流, 是人类社会发展的未来方向。事实上,我们并不反对你通过切断太平洋海底光缆而获得对信息的绝对控制;你对历史前进越阻碍、你造成的矛盾越深化、社会运动就 越剧烈,倒退只能加速你被异化、被取代的历史进程。明日的太阳不会照耀那些恐惧明天的人。

我们是匿名网民。我们是全球网民的总和。我们行为一体。我们是主宰网络。我们不可计数。我们每个成员的倒下都意味着十名新成员的加入。我们无处不 在。我们无所不能。我们不可阻挡。我们没有弱点。我们利用一切弱点。我们是隐藏在每一张面具之下的人性。我们是人性的镜子。我们生而平等。我们天然自由。 我们是军团。我们不饶恕。我们不忘记。

自由引导网络。

我们即将到来。

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