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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
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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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Not as Important as They Think
14 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let me say up front that I have serious reservations about hacking as political tactic. The members of Anonymous attack anyone they don't like, without reference to any set of political principles or the likelihood that their actions will change anything. Based on the film's interviews with Anonymous members, they're motivated as much by the thrill of the hack as by any serious political agenda. I also question the filmmaker's selection of some of their interview subjects. One guy from New York is apparently incapable of uttering a sentence without using "f***" or "f***ing" at least twice. Barrett Brown, a so-called spokesman for Anonymous, is so affected it sounds like he's working on a William F. Buckley impersonation while waving around his unlit cigarette. When these guys tell you they're changing the world, it's a bit difficult to believe. This isn't a bad documentary - it's well done technically and it's certainly informative. What it didn't do was change my mind about the legitimacy and important of Anonymous.


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