Gabriella Coleman

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy by Gabriella Coleman

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy by Gabriella Coleman

“Anonymous is not unanimous.” In a media climate that scours the day to day for sound bites and rough-hewn adjectives with which to classify political actors, this has become a slogan for Anonymous, the amorphous, mostly-online, somewhat-hacktivist, sometimes-clandestine group known for its oftentimes politically-charged pranks on governments, corporations, and individuals. After years mired in the trenches of Anonymous’ IRC channels, interviewing countless Anonymous members, and even becoming involved in the group herself, Gabriella Coleman has managed to catalogue and expound upon the politics, culture, and structure of a group that firmly rejects any form of celebrity leader or spokesman, that represents no single political ideology (and in fact often contradicts itself), and which doesn’t exist in any single geographical location.

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