We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists” is a documentary that takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical “hacktivist” collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. The film explores the historical roots of early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater and then follows Anonymous from 4chan to a full-blown movement with a global reach, one of the most transformative of our time.

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  • tribal_sage

    Very admirable and noble to stand for what you believe in. Beautiful doc. No fear, here we go!

  • http://www.facebook.com/NANDGated NAND Gate

    Be better if they weren’t mostly just young kids.

    • savage_freedom

      I’m sure the authorities would love everyone who hacks/cracks/advances/fights to be of Adult prosecution age. This documentary showed exactly what power really is and how it can be ultimately devastating when used correctly.

      Your statement would be more plausible a criticism if amended to read “Be better if they weren’t mostly just young kids, so that it doesn’t highlight too much the failings of the “adults” of our species”

  • Tom

    I like Anonymous, but it’s difficult to get behind a movement that is so divided.
    –Was it weird to anyone else when the same guys who formed a swastika on a children’s sight were the same guys who felt they had moral high ground over Hal Turner?

    • greenspand

      a movement is a movement so it tends to divide unless there are some basic rules attached to it.But this is the beauty, it is like freedom, you hold it, you can do whatever you like with it, you have to have the responsabilitym and of course you have to belive but not blindly,, allways be critical about yourself and the others, and the moral implications and obligations.Apart from that, we are anonymous, we do not forgive and forget, we indeed are a legion.by the way We are legion, is lacking “a”. Which is on purpose, because a is already defining quantitatively which is not the purpose.so yes We are legion, we all,

    • savage_freedom

      Whilst i understand what you are saying i can only fear you arrive at your conclusions due to lack of knowledge regarding a) the Swastika b) irony.
      Much like every hoover is a Vacuum Cleaner but not all Vacuum Cleaners are Hoover’s. Not Every Swastika has to be linked to white nationalism/supremacy.
      We choose the meaning. We can teach ourselves a new one.

    • http://twitter.com/EvelyneSimon1 Evelyne Simon

      very interesting point. All movements (political parties, religious congregations, fan clubs.) are truly divided but some rely on the illusion of their unity more than others. Sometimes, action or publications can take a long time to come and may come out all lame because a group consensus has to be made first. With anonymous this division has become transparent.

  • Illustr8

    I am 100% behind the idea of having a group such as Anonymous who challenges the man in every aspect. I am a firm believer that there are many things in this world that are very wrong in this day and age and Anonymous to me is another powerful medium to send a strong message.

    But let’s not forget one thing: there are some real no-good creeps out there who do prey on people for the wrong reasons. I’m not talking about trolls. I’m talking about people who should not have access to anonymity.This is where Anonymous, to me, becomes blurry. There needs be be an authority to take care of cybercreeps. Is Anonymous claiming to be this authority?

    • E S

      What do you mean by “cybercreeps”? Do you mean people who meet and try to physically molest children they’ve talked to on the internet? Because the police investigate them. Do you mean men who meet women on Craigslist and then kill them? The police take care of them, too. And although they are horrible scenarios that should be taken very seriously, I think you’ll find their incidence is pretty low compared to how the media portray it. And if they do happen, the police investigate. Other than that, I’m not sure how anonymity and “cybercreeps” would be a problem. In fact, if some guy was going to leer at me, I’d rather he do it silently and anonymously in his own home without me knowing, than to my face in a way that will likely make me feel freaked out.

  • kyle heuvelhorst

    Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down!

  • peanutaxis

    What’s with the dude waving a mug and a fake cigarette at the camera? He’s hilarious! Lol.

  • greenspand

    Excelent.We should all be anonymous, so that the idea becomes a force of nature.Look at the times we are living, we now know who pulls the strings, we should act and change this god damn worls, because nature has stopped having patience.all over the world climate is changing,

  • Babes

    Always thought the movie …”V for Vendetta” was extra cool … knowledge is free; but, knowledge is power … good report

  • digger nicks

    Lel we r leejun guise, right?? XD. I’m only 12 but I can hax0r 2 XD XD!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-James-Kinsey/100001003952594 Michael James Kinsey

    I have been looking for the great Dec, 21 2012, disaster. I finally found it. All these people who won’t tell people who they are, suddenly tell everybody their real names. The shock will short circuit everyone’s brain to the point that their autonomous systems cease to function. And there is a world wide pandemic of peeps not knowing how to breath and many dying because their full of shit.

  • savage_freedom

    This was a truly inspiring documentary. Protest should never have boundaries. My understanding is that true Protest cant have boundaries. relevance definitely, but boundaries no.

    Regardless of their medium’s they are still protestors, and as such they protest. To criticize anonymous and its supporters for doing just this is nothing short of admitting your own chastised existence.

    We live in this shit because we let it happen. We believe we don’t have the power to change this world for the better and these hacktavists showed us we were wrong. Join those who fight for you and take up your own place in the Human Race.

  • Anon

    Everything is about to change.

  • Madman

    Amazing doc. Eye opener for sure. Change is here.

  • karlos

    Definitely a good watch

  • Cam (Psychonaut25)

    What does he mean by “free as in freedom, not free as in beer”?

    • anon

      Free as in freedom not free as monetarily free

    • Fredo

      He means free as in the freedom of speech. Not free as in “Free beer”

  • Cam (Psychonaut25)

    Also, this is exactly the same documentary as “How Hackers Changed the World”

    http://documentaryheaven.com/how-hackers-changed-world/

  • Alrighty

    Well…what Mercedes said at the very end is how everyone claims they’d like everyone to think. I just wish everyone actually did, instead of attacking people who disagree with you and calling them “haters” or “discriminating” or “uneducated” or “bigots” or whatever b/c that just makes you a hypocrite. As long as this type of group stays focused instead of ending up promoting their own agendas, I would feel it is a good thing.