How Anonymous Dodged the Cyberterrorism Frame: Masking, Timing, and the Guy Fawkes Icon

Gabriella (Biella) Coleman

Membership Lecture, James A. Little Theater

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for Not-Yet-Members

Gabriella (Biella) ColemanGabriella (Biella) ColemanPhoto by Owen Egan.Gabriella (Biella) ColemanPhoto by Owen Egan.

Outlaw tactics. Vigilante justice. Website defacement. Data dumps. In this age of whistleblowing and leaking, Anonymous has a knack for fomenting controversy and drawing attention to its actions due to its reliance on unconventional and often risky forms of Internet-based political dissent. The group could have been vilified by the government as a new breed of cyber-extremist and terrorist. Yet they weren’t. What allowed Anonymous to dodge a rhetorical weapon used by governments across the world to dismantle the political power of radical movements and figures? Biella Coleman will explore five reasons—stretching from the accidental adoption of the Guy Fawkes mask to the timing and nature of its many global interventions—to explain why Anonymous was able to narrowly evade this designation.

Coleman is the author of the books Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking (Princeton University Press, 2012) and Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous (Verso, 2014). Her popular articles on the intersection of hacking and politics have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Huffington Post, Slate, and the Atlantic Monthly.

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SAR SALON: The following morning, priority will be given to Chaco members and higher to attend a salon discussion with Coleman. Click here for more information.

Anonymous protest in India with participants wearing the symbolic Guy Fawkes masks adopted by AnonymousAnonymous protest in India with participants wearing the symbolic Guy Fawkes masks adopted by AnonymousPhoto courtesy of Biella Coleman.Anonymous protest in India with participants wearing the symbolic Guy Fawkes masks adopted by AnonymousPhoto courtesy of Biella Coleman.

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