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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
...
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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Anonymous - L'esercito degli hacktivisti  »

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An Informative Film that begins to unravel the Mystery of Anonymous
11 March 2012 | by (Austin, TX, United States) – See all my reviews

Not surprisingly, "We are Legion" was extremely well received at Austin's SXSW Film Festival. This film sheds a great deal of light on the murky and confusing world of the hacker group Anonymous. The filmmakers were able to achieve incredible access to the group and tell the historical story mostly through interviews with participants. The film is essentially chronological so it tells their story so that people who haven't followed its development can gain some understanding of a very complicated and somewhat confusing organization. The film is done in a self-critical fashion that while generally favorable is not afraid to show the group's negatives, its conflicts and its internal struggles. It is extremely well-made and highly informative. The groups' almost accidental evolution from merry pranksters into some sort of political activists is fascinating. While they are clearly inspired by commitment to free speech – especially online – it is hard to clearly define their evolving ideology. They are clearly interconnected to emerging phenomenon such as the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, but it is difficult to determine how significant their political impact has been in these events. In any case, "We are Legion" provides an opportunity to those of us outside these organizations to gain some insight into what they are doing and that is extremely valuable. I hope that this film is widely viewed since it provides a view of one of the new political frontiers of the internet.


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