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We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)

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A documentary on the workings and beliefs of the self-described "hacktivist" collective, Anonymous.

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Credited cast:
Anon2World ...
Himself
Anonyops ...
Himself - Anonymous
...
Himself - Founder, WikiLeaks (archive footage)
Aaron Barr ...
Himself - Former chief executive, HBGary Federal
Barrett Brown ...
Himself
Adrian Chen ...
Himself - Editor, Gawker.com
Stanley Cohen ...
Himself - Defense lawyer (archive footage)
Gabriella Coleman ...
Herself - Researcher, McGill University
Joshua Corman ...
Himself
Josh Covelli ...
Himself
Peter Fein ...
Himself - Hacktivist
Mercedes Haefer ...
Herself
Homocarnula ...
Herself
Gregg Housh ...
Himself - Internet activist
Tim Hwang ...
Himself - ROFLCon
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WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists, takes us inside the complex culture and history of Anonymous. The film explores early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater, and then moves to Anonymous' own raucous and unruly beginnings on the website 4Chan. Through interviews with current members - some recently returned from prison, others still awaiting trial - as well as writers, academics and major players in various "raids," WE ARE LEGION traces the collective's breathtaking evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown, global movement, one armed with new weapons of civil disobedience for an online world. Written by Luminant Media

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It's not black and white
10 March 2014 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

To me the world is very unlike that of reviewer Thomas Chase who views this as a movie promoting crime. I didn't see a movie that promotes anything, but, it is about activism in different online forms. The activists themselves are doing most of the talking and it shows how loosely tied the group called anonymous is.

It shouldn't really matter if you are with this groups actions or not because it's about understanding their motivations and how groups like it can and will impact our shared future; sometimes with government crushing impact and sometimes for a cruel laugh at someones expense.

I came away feeling both uplifted and slightly scared, but whatever you feel it will make you think and to me that is always a good thing.


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