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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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