[Sep 28, 2012] "We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists" screening (Oakland, Caifornia)

Discussion in 'Planning' started by Nataku, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. Nataku Member

    Oakland Underground Film Festival:

    "In general, hacktivism has exploded onto the mainstream, with much of its initial happenings being concentrated on university campuses, where they were less political in nature and much more lighthearted. We Are Legion serves up just enough history that those unfamiliar with internet protests have a fairly solid understanding of how it evolved.

    The film also gives viewers a very basic explanation of how Anonymous goes about taking down websites through DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, with helpful animations to help even the most computer-illiterate grasp their methods.

    Anonymous’ attacks on the Church of Scientology are what put them on the map publicly, and much of the second act of the film is focused on this turning point in their history. The reason behind the protest was due to the Church’s attempt to censor content taken from their website and posted on 4chan. In the process of them attempting to threaten users with legal action, they gave Anonymous a cause. To this day, if you walk past the Scientology center in Toronto, you can often still see flyers and protesters from Anonymous outside. (Writer’s note: To any members of Anonymous who may be reading this, despite my last name I have no ties to the church of Scientology. Now that I’ve seen how you work I thought I should clarify because you guys scare me.)

    Though the documentary may ultimately serve to strike fear into the hearts of the less initiated, warning them about the powers of these hacktivists and that it’s possible for anyone to have their privacy compromised, there is an underlying positive message. Many people are quick to dismiss this generation of the internet age as apathetic, and incapable of connecting to others on the same level as generations before. This documentary shows that this is not the case, but that this generation’s political expression will just take place in a different form. We no longer have to band together in the streets with signs, we can now use the Internet as a venue for not only obtaining and sharing information, but also using it as a forum for political change."

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  2. Anonymous Member

    Good article, except for the fear-mongering and lack of distinction between project chanology and 4chan.

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