Gabriella Coleman has written perhaps the most comprehensive book yet on the decentralized hacktivist group Anonymous, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous. The book has already been highly recommended by journalists and activists such as Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange and Douglas Rushkoff.
The US government and its allies have spent years castigating, prosecuting, and jailing members of Anonymous, with the director of the NSA going so far as to warn ominously of the potential of an Anonymous-led power blackout. But Gabriella Coleman’s fascinating history of Anonymous makes clear that almost all of the hacktivism attributed to this global collective has been devoted to exposing wrongdoing, not wreaking destruction, even as she also carefully shows that Anonymous is not a shadowy organization but a loosely knit collection of activists all over the globe, fighting for government and corporate transparency. The NSA’s treatment of Anonymous is disturbing and extreme, and Anonymous’s surprising activist turn is heartening. Essential reading.”
— Glenn Greenwald, author of No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State
The title will be released Tuesday November 4th.