Gabriella Coleman, McGill's resident expert on computer hacking and digital activism, explores the premise of geeks and hackers as the protagonists of a burgeoning civil liberties movement for online freedom in an article published this week in the MIT Technology Review. Referring to the online and on-the-ground campaigns that helped overturn the far-reaching copyright bills, SOPA and PIPA in the US, and ACTA in Europe, Coleman argues that a new civil liberties movement is taking shape: partly in the form of structured organizations working within existing lobbying channels, such as Demand Progress; but mainly in the amorphous, loosely organized protests that are so well associated with Anonymous.
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Gabriella Coleman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies and Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. She is the author of Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking (Princeton University Press, 2012).