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Anonymous: From the Lulz to Collective Action ­ Coleman

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MIT 1700 Reading: Week 12 Anonymous: From the Lulz to Collective Action - Coleman Anonymous resists straightforward definition as it is a name currently called into  being to coordinate a range of disconnected actions, from trolling to political  protests.  o It was this manifestation of Anonymous that garnered substantial media  coverage (dedicated to Wikileaks) due to the spectacular waves of  distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks they launched (against PayPal and MasterCard in support of Wikileaks).  Anonymous has no leaders, no hierarchical structures, nor any geographical  epicenter. While there are forms of organization and cultural logics that  undeniably shape its multiple expressions, it is a name that any individual or  group can take on as their own.  The Anonymous includes: o Hackers (skilled programmers, security researchers, and system  administrators).  o Individuals who seek out information freedom. o Geeks (Video editors, design skills, collaborative writing tools, and  enough technical know-how to be able to use Internet Relay Chat).  The Anonymous translated their movement from the Internet to public  appearances (Church of Scientology) – Showing the capability they have in large  numbers (intimidating protests are possible).  Quote : “I came for the lulz but stayed for the outrage.” (A quote describing the  transition from “trolling” to “political activist.”)
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  • Winter '14
  • SvitlanaMatviyenko
  • Internet Relay Chat, Anonymous, Hollywood film industry, collaborative writing tools, different IRC chats, Deterritorial Support Group

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