gabriella coleman

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intro’d to Gabriella via the internet’s own boy.

49 min – his stuff should have been left behind for mit and jstor to deal with … in a private/professional manner. it should have never gotten the attention of the criminal system. it just didn’t belong there. – Gabriella Coleman



geek and hacker politics

to talk about anonymous is to talk about trolling

2010 esp surfaces 2010 – in defense of wikileaks

improper name or multiple use name

rhizomatic – geek activism

arrived much by accident because of: the offensive internet

looking at transform from internet trolling to

lulz – laughter from trolling


2008 – leave net to hit the streets – actions against church of scientology


oct 2013:

Altruism and Nihilism on the Net

roots of anonymous in the frightening world of internet trolling.. then 2008 – anonymous targets scientology – activism is born

given their diversity – non-hierarchical ness how do they cohere? – around operations/events

how do they decide? – there’s no consensus process – it’s more like consensus of a deed

20 min – the word hacker – associated w/criminal – think more of figuring out other ways to use it.. and/or breaking in order to fix/renew


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her site:

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Enid Gabriella Coleman (usually known as Gabriella Coleman or ‘Biella’) is an anthropologist, academic and author whose work focuses on hacker culture and online activism, particularly Anonymous. She currently holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific & Technological Literacy at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Nathan Schneider writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education named her “the world’s foremost scholar on Anonymous”.

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from versobooks site:

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

An engrossing, fascinating report from inside Anonymous, by the scholar who was embedded in the international movement
Here is the definitive book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the name Anonymous, by the woman theChronicle of Higher Education calls “the leading interpreter of digital insurgency” and the Huffington Post says “knows all of Anonymous’ deepest, darkest secrets.” Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of this global collective just as some of its adherents were turning to political protest and disruption (before Anonymous shot to fame as a key player in the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street). She ended up becoming so closely connected to Anonymous that some Anons claimed her as “their scholar.” Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy brims with detail from inside a mysterious subculture, including chats with imprisoned hacker Jeremy Hammond and the hacker who helped put him away, Hector “Sabu” Monsegur. It’s a beautifully written book, with fascinating insights into the meaning of digital activism and little understood facets of culture in the Internet age, such as the histories of “trolling” and “the lulz.”
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Her most recent work Our Weirdness Is Free: The logic of Anonymous — online army, agent of chaos, and seeker of justice is Coleman’s first major piece of length on the group and draws from a range of observations of those she describes as ‘everything and nothing at once’

No Names, Many Histories: @chantalbraganza on @BiellaColeman’s new book on Anonymous

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I spoke to @BiellaColeman about her book on Anonymous for @HazlittMag:

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For the curious, the entire 30 minute interview with Gabriella Coleman on my personal blog

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Really great (animated) video on Anonymous, anonymity, and masking by @cfinn3 Captures the mood and politics


sept 2015 – interview – mostly about open source governance…?

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interesting.. started studying med patents – leading to copyleft


Terrible thoughts to think as an author/academic trying to take a break: “after last night I am convinced I have to write another book”

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what if we realized the importance of the ‘book’ w/in each one of us.. and just focused on that.

self-talk as data. as the day.


let’s do this firstfree art-ists.

for (blank)’s sake

a nother way


hacker ness

Have a look at this FANTASTIC website initiated by

@BiellaColeman, a Faculty Associate at @BKCHarvard. a video portal that helps explain why hacking is one of the most important phenomena of global culture and politics in the late 20th and early 21st.

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