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  • Directors: Brian Knappenberger
  • Format: Widescreen, Dolby, Color
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Luminant Media
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009PDIFVY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,334 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists 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, then moves to Anonymous' raucous and unruly beginnings in the online forum 4Chan. Through interviews with current members, members recently returned from prison, others currently facing trial, writers, activists and major players in various "raids," WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists traces the collective's evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown movement with a global reach, the most transformative civil disobedience of our time.

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I think, in this case, it helps the film a lot.
Kristi G.
The story was really captivating, and I felt the POV was neutral enough that I didn't feel like I was being given a lopsided view of the hacktivists among us.
SumoGirl
It's a compelling story, well told and has some truly frightening information about government and corporate intrusion into our lives.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kristi G. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2013
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I am very familiar with Anonymous and have closely followed the news about all the events covered in the video, and I'd say the video did an EXCELLENT JOB. There was nothing I'd take issue with as far as historical accuracy and the individual members that were interviewed, and their mothers, did a great job explaining the technical aspects.
I personally think the HB GARY hacks could merit a documentary in itself. I personally was horrified by the uncovering of HB GARY's talk of weaponizing sock puppets in Operation Metal Gear. To me that sort of manipulation of public opinion is very frightening, perhaps as much so as living in a surveillance state, because that's a form of mind control of the masses. I can't help but think if people understand it, and know about it, they will be more inclined and determined to always think for themselves, so I was disappointed this was not covered in the documentary. I would also have loved for them to have asked Aaron Burr when he said he big releases of information was destructive, "Destructive of WHAT?" What is it he thinks he really supports?
Two big issues are brought up that are very important - Yes, a hacktivist doing what is really a victimless crime can do more time than pedophiles, or in some cases, murderers. The sentences are over the top crazy and heavily weighed towards the very corporations that would often be so oppressive themselves.
The end hinted at the NSA's new data center, and where the surveillance state is going. This was before the time of Ed Snowden. Because of that, I think it would be great if more people saw this to help them understand a bit more of the issues that are facing our culture, right now, that really need some resolution and light.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gene Ort on February 3, 2013
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I enjoyed the detailed look not only into the birth and growth of the Anonymous hacktivist movement but also into the dark side of the Internet. Thank you Brian
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SumoGirl on May 1, 2013
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I'm not a hacktivist--more like a technoklutz--but I recognize the need for accountability in the technology industry and corporate world among so many others. The story was really captivating, and I felt the POV was neutral enough that I didn't feel like I was being given a lopsided view of the hacktivists among us. I've started reading up on the plight of some of these hacktivists and the struggles they face. I am of the opinion there are many sympathizers who are probably quite passive (like me) in the world at large but care about the subject matter when it's presented in such a thought-provoking way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 14, 2013
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I love the DVD! it is a well-made movie that explains the whole Anonymous deal to people who do not understand what it is they do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on November 19, 2012
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I really liked it I have been following anonymous for about a year and I found a lot of stuff in the documentary I didn't know about them the language was strong but well worth your time and money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina on July 10, 2013
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I liked this movie a lot, as I learned about the progression of the group Anonymous. It shows the progression from 4Chan to the current movement and is a movie well worth watching- it will spark an interesting dialogue regarding the uses of the internet if nothing else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clydene on May 6, 2013
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I just loved tis move and feel that Anonymous I cvompletely justified in their actions. Courage in the face of danger and it took a lot of guts for them to reveal themselves. Remember, Remember the 5th of November!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By monsta on March 13, 2013
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WOW what an awesome real life story!!!!!!!!!! Geeks, trolls and nerds will some day rule the entire planet. So beware
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