The hacktivist group Anonymous wants to enter the world of journalism, in Anonymous fashion, of course.
While the news branch of the decentralized group has mainly existed on Twitter as @YourAnonNews, Anonymous wants to expand and have its own news site, which will focus on 'citizen journalists,' rather than relying on mainstream media, which it describes as 'constrained.'
Using the site Indiegogo, Anonymous has raised $54,698 (well above their $2000 goal), which it says will be used for the initial development and server fees.
Many things have changed since we began; from the rise of worldwide movements to the fall of oppressive regimes. All the while our goal was to disseminate information we viewed as vital, separating it from the political and celebrity gossip than inundates the mainstream.
We haven't had a space to provide a proper forum for our many contributors and talented supporters. We love the livestreamers that provide YAN with first-hand reporting and the independent journalists whose voices often unheard, but we aren't supporting them the way we should. We're here to change that.
Our goal as YAN contributors will be to take what we have learned over the past few years and create a new environment were content is not determined solely by external sources. We will engineer a new website which will allow us to collect breaking reports and blog postings from the best independent reporters online. We'll provide feeds for citizen journalists who livestream events as they are taking place, instead of the 10-second sound bites provided by the corporate media.
Likewise, we know it would be beneficial to our followers to exist as a community beyond simple social media interactions. Many people have asked us to establish a site that accomplishes all of this and we've decided it's time we build it.