As usual, NetGalley keeps upending my reading plans... Maybe I shouldn't even bother trying to organize anymore given the ever-shifting queue of books. While browsing today, I came across Gabriella Coleman's forthcoming Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Story of Anonymous (a nice play on John le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy).
A snippet of her bio reads
Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism.
and she tweets at @BiellaColeman.
There are lots more information and links to her work at her website, so go check it out.
Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Story of Anonymous releases in November. Here's the description:
Here is the definitive book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the name Anonymous, by the woman the Chronicle of Higher Education calls “the leading interpreter of digital insurgency” and the Huffington Post says “knows all of Anonymous’ deepest, darkest secrets.” Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of this global collective just as some of its adherents were turning to political protest and disruption (before Anonymous shot to fame as a key player in the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street). She ended up becoming so closely connected to Anonymous that some Anons claimed her as “their scholar.” Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy brims with detail from inside a mysterious subculture, including chats with imprisoned hacker Jeremy Hammond and the hacker who helped put him away, Hector “Sabu” Monsegur. It’s a beautifully written book, with fascinating insights into the meaning of digital activism and little understood facets of culture in the Internet age, such as the histories of “trolling” and “the lulz.”
And here she is discussing Altruism and Nihilism on the Net: