Anonymous has launched a new IRC network. The purpose of the AnonPR server (irc.anonpr.net) is to raise awareness on censorship issues and to help internauts combat the phenomenon by any means possible.
“Anonymous has been going through an unstable time due to the infiltrations and arrests. Not to mention the negativity from the media and the concerned public from recent hacks and leakage of personal information of innocent bystanders,” they said.
The hacktivists of AnonPR, the ones who refuted the claims that Anonymous might be at war with WikiLeaks, are encouraging their supporters to continue fighting against any form of censorship, including cyber bills such as CISPA, ACTA and SOPA.
“They come with a thin veil of disinformation to hide their true purpose; they are labeled ‘Anti Piracy’, ‘Counter Terrorism’, or ‘National Security’ policies. Each time they are slightly more successful, but eventually they are stopped by international forces such as Anonymous and organized groups with similar ideals,” they explained.
“We here at AnonPR encourage you to look into the current state of censorship in your country and see what you can do to ensure that you will always be able to access anything and everything. Together we can fight against the possibility of censorship and prove all governments that the Internet […] is necessary in Modern Society.” they added.
The announcement was made yesterday, on June 17, but at press time, there doesn’t seem to be too many users (at least on the main channel). It will remain to be seen if the server’s popularity grows.
However, considering that the older servers are believed to be crawling with law enforcement and considering that AnonPR promises to protect privacy and personal data, there is a chance that it will catch on.