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We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists 2012

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4.4 out of 5 stars (55) IMDb 7.4/10

An intimate look inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age

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Anon2World, Anonyops
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1 hour, 34 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Brian Knappenberger
Starring Anon2World, Anonyops
Supporting actors Julian Assange, Aaron Barr, Barrett Brown, Adrian Chen, Stanley Cohen, Gabriella Coleman, Joshua Corman, Josh Covelli, Peter Fein, Mercedes Haefer, Homocarnula, Gregg Housh, Tim Hwang, Jericho, Steven Levy, Brian Mettenbrink, Quinn Norton, Ryan Singel
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Kristi Gilleland TOP 500 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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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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Insightful. I came away with a new, more intimate perspective of Anonymous. I work for a hosting company packed full of very brilliant and slightly off-color individuals so I felt somehow connected to this community. 4Chan is not my cup of tea (hell, I barely reddit), but I couldn't help but laugh when serious chants turned into "long cat is long." Lovely.

Sometimes they made decisions I wouldn't agree with and sometimes they stood for something wonderful and powerful. I think the general population tends to see a stark division between us and them in regards to this collective of "nerds" but they are the equalizer - the average individual that refuses to be made inferior by those with greater means, pedigree, and greed. Today, the most powerful tool for good and evil is the internet and anyone can learn to wield it. This documentary illustrates how that's both a beautiful and a terrible thing.
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By Susanne on September 28, 2015
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Disappointed that it's free on YouTube, but I hope that a small part of my rental fee benefited a worthy group. Aside from that, it was very interesting to learn about a subculture that I knew almost nothing about (until now) and am not technologically qualified to join. It will be interesting to see what these folks cook up in the future. Kind of like ambulance services--you don't think about them a lot, but you might need them some day.
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Worth the watch. Granted I wasn't happy when I found out that I could have watched it for free on youtube, but that's fine I guess. It is a good film and would recommend it to others that really do not know the culture and assumes that everyone that participates in it is a terrible person.
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This is a great documentary on Anonymous. It's very engaging and intriguing. It asks some important questions regarding freedom of information Online and the use of hacking as a form of protest. It highlights the nebulous quality of Anonymous and the wide range of abilities of the hackers involved. The director interviewed Anons (members of Anonymous both past and present); people hacked by Anons; and people studying Anons and hackers in general like Dr. Garbriella Coleman. If you are curious about Anonymous and the role of hacking in creating social change, this is a great place to start.
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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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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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