Thanks to Luis for helping scribe, and to Molly and Charlie for filling in for our instructors!
We kick off today's class by watching We Are Legion, a film about the hacktivist collective Anonymous. Sasha and Becky are at a conference, so today's class is being led by our classmate Molly, and Charlie DeTar. Molly adds a disclaimer: the film is a fan letter, not a documentary. There are different tactics for civil disobedience: Denial of Service (Dos/DDoS) attacks, information dispersal, more participatory actions (e.g. Habbo Hotel). We start by delving into the readings and discussing our thoughts about the forms that civil disobedience may take online.
Loki notes that, despite the way in which Anonymous has been antagonized, they have done little real harm. Compare this with Gandhi, whose Salt March led to the death of over 200 people.
There are certainly parallels between Project Chanology's leak of Tom Cruise's Scientology video to the leak of the Pentagon Papers.