Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy

  • by Gabriella Coleman
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the Huffington Post says "knows all of [Anonymous's] deepest, darkest secrets."
Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of this global phenomenon just as some of its members were turning to political protest and dangerous disruption. She ended up becoming so closely connected to Anonymous that the tricky story of her inside-outside status as Anon confidante, interpreter, and erstwhile mouthpiece forms one of the themes of this witty and entirely engrossing book. The narrative brims with details unearthed from within a notoriously mysterious subculture, whose semi-legendary tricksters - such as Topiary, tflow, Anachaos, and Sabu - emerge as complex, diverse, politically and culturally sophisticated people. Propelled by years of chats and encounters with a multitude of hackers, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy is filled with insights into the meaning of digital activism and little-understood facets of culture in the Internet age.

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What the Critics Say

"A consistently fascinating ethnography...An intensive, potent profile of contemporary digital activism at its most unsettling - and most effective." (Kirkus)

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Customer Reviews

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Hard to Endure.

This is a great book. The stories and play by play is great. What makes it hard to listen to is her voice.
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- Ash T.

Great look into the world of anons

Well written, well spoken, and so far my favourite work on anonymous. the author put in the time to understand the topic and translate the lulz.
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- Oliver Jackson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio