As part of the Future Summit
Anonymous and the Art of Transgression
The protest ensemble Anonymous is known for its wily political operations. From supporting the Arab Spring to hacking security firms, Anonymous has taken the world by storm through its digital direct-action tactics. This talk will address both the conditions that led to the prominent rise of Anonymous and the motivations of this protest ensemble, while also detailing how it deployed art, visual material and transgression to pull off its many successful operations.
Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism. Her first book on Free Software, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking was published with Princeton University Press. Her newest book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Face of Anonymous was just published by Verso.