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Gabriella Coleman in Wired: The New Snowden Revelation Is Dangerous for Anonymous — And for All of Us

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Media@McGill member Gabriella Coleman raises concerns about the US and UK goverments' use of denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Anonymous' communications infrastructure:

"The key difference, however, is that while those involved in Anonymous can and have faced their day in court for those tactics, the British government has not. When Anonymous engages in lawbreaking, they are always taking a huge risk in doing so. But with unlimited resources and no oversight, organizations like the GCHQ (and theoretically the NSA) can do as they please. And it’s this power differential that makes all the difference."

Read the entire article in Wired: The New Snowden Revelation Is Dangerous for Anonymous — And for All of Us

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).