Rising Tide is an anonymous network of hacktivists dedicated to exposing the existence of superhumans and powered individuals, and generally establishing freedom of information across a wide range of areas. One of the Tide's premier operatives was Skye.
On their website, Rising Tide has leaked multiple pieces of footage of extraordinary individuals, including Iron Man and the Hulk. When Mike Peterson showed his abilities in public, Skye approached him and warned Peterson of the imminent involvement of S.H.I.E.L.D. She recommended that he shed his secretive identity and become a superhero, so that S.H.I.E.L.D would be unable to cover up his actions.
In "Girl in the Flower Dress", Miles Lydon is sought after by Coulson and his team over information that he leaked about Chan Ho Yin, who had been captured by Raina as a result. After being tipped off by Skye, Miles admits that he sold the information for money, going against Rising Tide's ideals of leaking information in the name of transparency. He later helps S.H.I.E.L.D locate Raina and Yin, who had taken up the name "Scorch".
In the second half of Season One, the Rising Tide is no longer a major player, it seems, and unmentioned in later seasons.
- The group seems to be inspired by real-life hacktivist group Anonymous.
- The website has since "gone dark," saying that S.H.I.E.L.D is onto them.