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Monday, January 28, 2013 — 4:30 PM EST

Garbiella Coleman, McGill University

Abstract: Drawing on fieldwork among Free and Open Source software
hackers and the Anonymous protest movement, I will discuss some
attributes of hacker and geek activism that set their actions apart from
other modalities of dissent and contextualize their actions in light of
broader historical trends concerning censorship, intellectual property,
privacy, and surveillance.

Bio: Gabriella (Biella) Coleman is the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and
Technological Literacy in the Art History and Communication Studies
Department at McGill University. Trained as an anthropologist, she
researches, writes, and teaches on hackers and digital activism. Her
first book on Free Software, “Coding Freedom: The Aesthetics and the
Ethics of Hacking” has been published with Princeton University Press
and she is currently working on a new book on Anonymous and digital
media.

Location 
DC - William G. Davis Computer Research Centre
Room 1302
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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