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We Are Legion

WE ARE LEGION explores the historical roots of early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater and then follows Anonymous, the radical collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. From 4chan to a full-blown movement with a global reach, one of the most transformative of our time.

Director: Brian Knappenberger
Year: 2012
Time: 93 min

 We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists
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Check out the Jobs page on the The Internet collective website if the work of Anonymous appeal to you. They are always looking for ways to strengthen and expand their mission. 

Show your support. Cyber-activism comes in many formats, and there are many ways to show your support to various active campaigns online. Check out the cyberactivism page on Greenpeace for example. 

Join the international network to support the continued fight of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that defends civil liberties in the digital world. 

Join Stop Watching Us, “a coalition of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum,” in their fight against national surveillance. optin.stopwatching.us

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Interview With Brian Knappenberger

“From the Internet’s faceless dissidents, to it’s own boy: Brian Knappenberger has spent the last five years documenting the shifting landscape of digital activism. His 2012 film WE ARE LEGION traces the rise of Anonymous, and the war for the open web. His 2014 film THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY investigates that battle’s most profound casualty: the life and death of Aaron Swartz. In the days leading up to the F.C.C.’s decision on Net Neutrality, we spoke with Knappenberger about the future of hactivism, and our right to be adversarial.”


Want to find out more about Anonymous? Here are some links that might be useful:

Anonymous official website.

Anonymous youtube channel.

Anonymous official facebook.

Hacktivism 101: A Brief History and Timeline of Notable Incidents

Read it here.

What Is Internet Trolling?

Here’s a brief introduction to trolling for those of you who aren’t quite clear on what it actually means.

What is 4chan? The Underbelly Of the Internet Explained

“Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other Hollywood stars were recently leaked online in a massive scandal involving at least one hacker who correctly guessed weak iCloud passwords and security questions. And the stolen photos mostly surfaced from one dark corner of the internet, known as 4chan.”

Continue reading here.

Is Hacktivism Good Or Evil?

“Wikipedia is always a good source of definitions for technology-related issues. It defines hacktivism as “the use of computers and computer networks to promote political ends, chiefly free speech, human rights, and information ethics”.

Continue reading on Computer Weekly.

A History of the Anonymous Mask

“Love it or hate it, the Anonymous mask has morphed under many guises. Starting life as the face of an audacious revolutionary, it has become a political disguise turned corporate nightmare. But it’s future as a potent image remains in the balance.

‘This is a quality mask …. I felt anonymous Immediately, that enigmatic smile is so sexy…”

Check out this 10-step guide to the turbulent past of the Anonymous mask.

The Internet Doesn’t Hurt People — People Do

“In The New Digital Age, the authors aim to provide the most authoritative volume to date that describes — and more importantly predicts — how the Internet and other new technological advances will shape our lives in the coming decades and beyond. Schmidt and Cohen paint a picture of a world in which individuals, companies, institutions, and governments must navigate two realities, one physical, and one virtual.”

Read the full article on TIME.


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