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Biella successfully justifies her role as ethnographer-enchantress to pull us from our cynical doubts about these so-called criminals into the heady excitement of Anonymous’s world, where we might better appreciate the reasons why they did what they did and the profoundly unique mark on recent history they have made.

I highlighted passages and will re-read for inspiration and ideas! Be aware of the crudeness and note not to be sitting behind whistlebliwer with a mouth full of coffee when reading certain more shall we say mature parts of the book.

Some of the things they have done are morally questionable at best and illegal at worst. Hoazer 26, Coral rated it it was amazing Shelves: The closest she comes is admitting that there is often debate amongst members of Anonymous about whether an op is “ethical” based on the details of the op.

I have gone to sleep twice while reading it.

Even though some of these items originated from earlier Anonymous, the causal culture has remained alongside the new, loftier goals. Yet she also connects the new with the old, placing Anonymous in the ancient lineage of the trickster, and in conversation with thinkers like Nietzsche and Bloch.

She ended up becoming so closely connected to Anonymous that the tricky story of her inside-outside status as Anon confidante, interpreter, and erstwhile mouthpiece forms one of the themes of this witty and entirely engrossing book.

Allowing space for ignorance is an even more difficult skill; it strips away any excuse that you are not at fault for your own actions.

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous

It also makes me wonder if they were only showing her the parts of anonymous that they wanted her to see to serve as an effective mouthpiece for the organization. The question of whether any of the ops are ethical because they violate someone’s fundamental rights is never addressed in detail.


The only chapter whistlebloewr actually disappointed me was the ‘Conclusion’ which at times verged on becoming a soppy love letter, but luckily the Epilogue redeemed the overall integrity of the book. Whether she is belittling such pedestrian interests as football or Settlers of Catan, describing the lavish spread of TED talk conferences, hoaexr dropping, or hurtling academic or tech language at the whiwtleblower with minimal explanation, it feels like Coleman is constantly talking down to the reader.

I heard Gabriella Coleman’s keynote about Anonymous at PyConwhich was one of my favorite sessions of the conference. If you are simply interested in the topic, this might not be for you. Again, I don’t expect a simple answer, but some discussion on it would have been helpful.

Until I read this book, I hadn’t really thought of the Internet as such a tumultuous place in regards to freedom of speech. The Passion of Chelsea Manning. Ineven prominent former members of Anonymous like Sabu have dismissed the organization as no longer relevant. Dec 11, Christopher rated it liked it. Nov 22, Naoise rated it it was amazing. whistleblowef

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman – review

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He would giggle whenever Goatse Security was mentioned in news reports about the incident. The sections that laid out the history of the movement, and just spoke to the development and how it worked, were quite good, but they was surrounded by a lot of junk.

What truly resonates in this book is the process by which a leaderless but effective technical and social group plans, deploys, and then disperses. Part hadker, part journalist, Coleman McGill Univ. The social justice penchant emerges over several years and a few charismatic individuals actually hold much sway in this su I heard Gabriella Coleman’s keynote about Anonymous at PyConwhich was one of my favorite sessions of the conference.


Those who view it are forever unable to unsee what they have just seen—unable to forget even the smallest detail, their minds seared by the image as if the gaping maw, adorned with a ring, were hoader red-hot cattle brand.

Show 25 25 50 All. But a useful testing environment would make a perfect score unobtainable; there is room for growth in all haoxer, including—especially—in knowledge. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It was uoaxer shocking at how much they have answered the need for political protest with all the oversteps the government has taken. Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of this global phenomenon just as some of its members were turning to political protest and dangerous disruption before Anonymous shot to fame as a key player in the battles over WikiLeaks, the Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street.

With meticulous detail, Coleman follows Anonymous’ evolution from satirizing establishment icons to becoming a bona fide political heavyweight. Tests are practice for the real world, a whistlebloower way of di Federal testing requirements are being challenged throughout New York State in what has been blandly named the opt-out movement.

Hacker, hoaxer, whistleblower, spy : the many faces of Anonymous

The members of Anonymous were aware that she was researching them. My pushback was unfair, and I injured only myself by not accepting the knowledge as proffered. While she could only present the story she had access to and with Anonymous, this is rarely everything! Coleman describes the power relations within the group, the sense 3. If you want to learn more about Anonymous, check this book out.

Overall, I found it to be pretty well written, interesting and at times very enlightening. Make this your default list. For much ofAnonymous seemed to have gone quiet.