November 03, 2012

We Are Legion

WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists (premiered at SXSW 2012) takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. The film traces the collective's evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown movement with a global reach. In the last year, Anonymous has been associated with attacks or “raids” on hundred’s of targets ranging from financial institutions, cyber-security firms to foreign dictators. They played a vital role in the “Occupy” movement and recently launched the largest DDoS attacks in history against Hollywood for their support of SOPA.

I just watched this documentary, I thought it was quite interesting, I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the internet censorship debate, hackers and freedom of speech issues.

Armed with colleagues from the filmmaking and digital communities, in March of 2012, writer/director Brian Knappenberger weighed in on the challenges of making the film, the roots of Anonymous, and their current battles with Hollywood.

Listen to it here.

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