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Influential Groups of the Early Millennium

Updated on April 28, 2012


Who can forget the countless scandals that we never would have known about if it weren't for Julian and Wikileaks. They unearthed otherwise top secret and highly confidential information concerning many top officials and elected politicians from around the globe, mostly by providing a safe and confidential form where anyone could report anything without the fear of being discovered (as quickly).


Well known for the protest that disrupted the world the most - the Wikipedia Blackout - was hosted in protest to the SOPA/PIPA bills being pushed by the white house in 2011, as well as their participation in other net neutrality and civil liberty issues like CISPA. The online compendium of human knowledge suspended all it's access to outsiders for a 24 hour period along side with social networks like Facebook and classifieds like Craigslist, and has brought it to the attention of faithful Wiki-browsers, that wikipedia could go dark permanently if we don't keep the net free.

When it comes to sound support on net issues, many people look to Wikipedia to help them decide how they feel about certain complex issues. So far, the millions of volunteer editors and moderators that kind of run the anarchistic web media, have yet to lead anyone wrong. If anything, they try not to take a stand and remain non-partisan until the issues could seriously effect the free flow of information from wikipedia's pages and sister sites.


The infamous Hacktivists who are everywhere and nowhere at the same time, everyone and no one at all - Anonymous is the group most well known for it's hacker hi-jinks throughout the early millennium, as they worked against corporate greed, the degradation of civil liberties and the unjust actions of the government.


The American Civil Liberties Union has been a prominent figure for a very long time, though they hit a height of influence during the early millennium as the government started imposing harsh anti-terrorism measures, as well as the uprising of the Cannabis Freedom movement.


Although the latter half of the early millennial years showed that they were not as virtuous as they started out, NORML still gained wide influence over America as it encouraged and then jumped on board the Green Rush wagon, helping to bring more cannabis freedom and opportunities into the market.


Not quite as influential as some of the other groups on this hub, but still just as noteworthy. TechDirt become a highly influential reporting outfit and whistle-blowing group in the world of tech and interconnectedness. They helped to ensure things like SOPA, PIPA and CISPA were all well publicized, so that they could encourage people to protest against them.

Seattle Hempfest

Another lesser known yet highly influential group is Seattle Hempfest. A small grass roots protest turned festival, that will hit it's 21st birthday in August of 2012. Starting from a small 500 people and blossoming into an event that hosts educational, entertaining and informative vendors, speakers and entertainers - they now regularly have more than 250,000 attendee's every year. This organization became highly influential throughout the years when the War on Drugs was at it's worst, and it continues to enjoy heavy interest from cannabis activists and organizations around the US.

Russian Times (RT)

A news group known as the "Russian Times" or just "RT", took heavy influence over views as they covered highly controversial topics on their YouTube channel. They were probably most well known for their detailed interviews with Ron Paul, their in depth coverage of the Wars Overseas and the Financial Crisis that took over the globe.

Reuters News Group

Actually having been around since the 1800's, the Reuter's New Group recently saw an upswing of influence as they endeavored to report detailed and in-person news about the Wars Overseas, the Financial Crisis and issues surrounding Wikileaks scandals. Though it wasn't just their reporting that gain the eye of the worlds readers, it was their thorough ability to connect to people through social networks, apps and rss feeds. They also became increasingly popular after 2003, when their reporters lives became more at risk. There is a list on wikipedia that keeps track of the fatalities involving Reuter's reporters, most whom have died at the hands of confused US soldiers.

What or Who would you add to this list and why?

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  • Philanthropy2012 profile image


    7 years ago from London

    Excellent hub and it was so interesting to hear about so many interesting things that I can now look into, particularly like the Russian Times. Keep it up! Interesting, UP and followed.


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