On 26 December 2014, Ventura County Attorney Jay Leiderman, California Certified Criminal Law Specialist and Hacktivist’s Advocate was quoted in The Mint News Press. The well-done article by Frederick Reese was titled: “How Anonymous Revolutionized Revolt” and Jay was featured prominently. Here is what he was quoted as saying:
“Not only has Anonymous redefined what it means to be an advocate, Anonymous has reinvigorated advocacy in this country and has sent it flying off to the digital revolution,” said Jay Leiderman, a criminal defense attorney who has been called the Hacktivist’s Advocate for his defense of Anonymous, to MintPress.
“You shouldn’t think for a minute that politicians and other organizations are not taking what has been learned from Anonymous and applying it to their outreach strategies. Anonymous has been extremely successful in mobilization and has shown how strong a crowdsourced effort could truly be.”
While Anonymous is currently in what Leiderman describes as a restructuring phase, and the future of the movement is unclear, the role the group has played in the public discourse since its emergence in 2003 has been seen by many to suggest that the powers-that-be are not necessarily all that powerful. True power, Anonymous suggests, belongs to the people — and this power can only be taken from the people if the people choose not to use it. Thus, Anonymous proves an age-old, fundamental principle: It only takes one person to make a difference. In this case, however, it’s more that it takes just one person with Internet access and an ability to organize effectively to make a difference.