Creativity & Mayhem: Anonymous Communities at Work

A session at SXSW Interactive 2013

Saturday 9th March, 2013

12:30pm to 1:30pm (CST)

Communities like Anonymous and 4chan's /b/ create Internet culture, change politics and make news. But how do they build trust, share work and intervene in the world? How can new groups and movements use anonymity and pseudonymity? While Facebook and Google push for an Internet of real names and persistent identities, we will present an alternate universe of thriving, chaotic, bizarre and effective cultures created by nobody in particular - and their implications for activism, politics and creativity online.

Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University, is the go-to authority on Anonymous for TEDGlobal, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Fast Company and NPR. Quinn Norton is Wired's Anonymous correspondent, and has written for The Atlantic, The Guardian, and Maximum PC. Moderating is Finn Brunton, Assistant Professor of Information at the University of Michigan's School of Information and author of Spam: A Flood, A Theory, A History.

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Finn Brunton

Asst Professor of Information, University of Michigan School of Information

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Gabriella Coleman

Wolfe Chair in Scientific & Technological Literacy, McGill University

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Quinn Norton


Quinn Norton is a writer who likes to hang out in the dead end alleys and rough neighborhood of the Internet, where bad things can happen to defenseless little packets.

They are also places were new freedoms and poetries are born, and run riot over the network. She started studying hackers in 1995, after a wasted youth of Usenet and BBSing.

These days, Quinn is a journalist, has been published in Wired, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Make Magazine, Seed, and Irish Times. She recently concluded a multi-month series on Anonymous and Occupy for Wired. She's also the Byte Rights columnist for Maximum PC. She covers topics such as science, technology, copyright law, robotics, body modification, and medicine, but no matter how many times she tries to leave, she always comes back to hackers.

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  • Gabriella Coleman
  • Colleen Brady
  • Cristiano Dias
  • Dan Phiffer
  • Finn Brunton
  • hugh garry
  • Jason Paul
  • Julia Kaganskiy
  • katie moffat
  • Andre Passamani
  • Quinn Norton
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Time 12:30pm1:30pm CST

Date Sat 9th March 2013


Room 9ABC, Austin Convention Center

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