Category Archives: Hacking

Privacy vs. Secrecy

The tenth chapter of Gabriella Coleman’s new book Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous is titled “The Desire of a Secret Is To Be Told.” I haven’t read that far yet, so I don’t know what the context is, but those words jumped out at me as I looked over the table […]

On Hating The Internet

I’ve gotten myself into a strange situation now where I’m tasked with writing about the Internet a lot. I’ll be presenting a paper on hacking at an academic conference in March, and I’m working on an abstract on a related topic to be submitted to an Internet theory conference that takes places in April. So […]

For the (Quasi-Mystical) Lulz: Gabriella Coleman, Anonymous and Hacker-Trickster Mythos

I just went to the launch of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous, a new book by anthropologist Gabriella Coleman. She’s studied Anonymous, a notoriously difficult group to document, for more than six years. Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy has already generated media buzz. It may come to be known as the authoritative […]