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January 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
James A. Little Theater
1060 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505

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

Admission: Free for SAR members • $10 for Not-Yet-Members
Speaker: Gabriella (Biella) Coleman

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.

Biella Coleman

Gabriella (Biella) Coleman
Photo by Owen Egan

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.

Radio interviews:
Interview, Deep Science Radio, Radio Cafe, by Mary-Charlotte Domandi – Listen here.
Interview KUNM Live From The University Of New Mexico – Listen here.
Interview, the Richard Eeds Show on KTRC – Listen here.

Video Interviews:
PBS, “Report from Santa Fe”, Lorene Mills interviews Dr. Gabriella Coleman on her lecture topic, “Hacker,  Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy.” Click here to watch.

Local papers’ interviews:
Santa Fe New Mexican, Digital tricksters: Hacktivism as a force for social change, by Jennifer Levin.
Santa Fe Reporter, An Anthropologist Online: Gabriella Coleman lived with Anonymous to learn its culture, by Julia Goldberg


Video by McCall Sides.

Not-yet-members, CLICK HERE to register for this event. Current members do not need to pre-register.

If you would like to become an SAR member and receive free admission to this lecture and other benefits, click here.

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 Anonymous

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


This Lecture Sponsored By:

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UBS Financial Services


Series Sponsors: Leaders

Adobo Catering

Newman's Own Foundation

Pajarito Scientific

Thornburg Investment Management

Betty & Luke Vortman Endowment Fund

Flora Crichton Lecture Fund


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UBS Financial Services

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