Over the last three years, Anonymous went from Internet pranking and trolling to a narrowly focused protest movement against the Church of Scientology to one that has now emerged in more general registers to protest censorship, attracting many geeks and hackers to its ranks, some who have entered the arena of politics for the first time.
In this talk I will examine the transformations and tactics of the digitally-based protest movement—Anonymous— to examine various political and ethical facets of their operations, including their rhizomatic social organization, the ways they enact an ethics around their denial of service attacks, the spectacle they generate, and the ways in which they are rooted in and parlay liberal commitments such as anonymity and free speech.
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