Recordings & Docus

Gabriella Coleman: Anonymous and the Politics of Leaking

Outlaw tactics. Vigilante justice. Website defacement. Data dumps. In this golden age of whistleblowing and leaking, Anonymous has displayed a knack for fomenting controversy and drawing attention to its actions due to their reliance on these unconventional forms of Internet-based political dissent. In her Wall Exchange lecture, Dr. Gabriella Coleman provides a history of Anonymous’ crucial role in establishing a novel style of hacking-for-leaking: public disclosure hacks. In this public talk, Dr. Coleman also explores notable cases occurring outside of the orbit of Anonymous and considers the ethical implications of this type of public

Excuse me, your unicorn keeps shitting in my back yard, can he please not? | Aral Balkan

The matrix is inverted and my teddy bear is spying on me. Why am I covered in unicorn shit?… I was only browsing the web. No, I do not want another cookie. Why are you feeding me cookies? Is that my treadmill? Am I the milk of magnesia to your unicorn’s constipation? How can you hear me when I’m not saying anything? I can’t seem to look away. Hello, White Man on the Cloud! Why can He see me, but I can’t see Him? Who, exactly, is getting smarter about whom? And why is Oettinger’s donut so red?

Tor Developer Isis Lovecruft lectures on anonymity systems at Radboud Universiteit

Core Tor developer Isis Agora Lovecruft lectures on designs for anonymous communications networks to graduate students in the Advanced Network Security course at Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen on 21 March 2016.

Slides are available here (pdf).

Yanis Varoufakis and Noam Chomsky at the New York Public Library

Yanis Varoufakis considers himself a politician by necessity, not by choice. An economist and academic by training, he became Greece’s finance minister amidst the country’s financial crisis, creating an image for himself both beloved and reviled. He discusses his complicated role in his new book, And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe’s Crisis and America’s Economic Future, and on the LIVE stage alongside renowned academic and theorist Noam Chomsky. YANIS VAROUFAKIS is the former finance minister of Greece. A professor of economic theory at the University of Athens and former member of parliament for Athens’ largest constituency, he is the author of The Global Minotaur, among other books. He lives in Athens. NOAM CHOMSKY is widely credited with having revolutionized the field of modern linguistics. Chomsky is the author of numerous best-selling political works, which have been translated into scores of countries worldwide. Among his most recent books are Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Hopes and Prospects, and Masters of Mankind. Haymarket Books recently released twelve of his classic works in new editions. His latest books are What Kind of Creatures Are We? And Who Rules the World?

A Conversation on Surveillance, Democracy, and Civil Society

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice discuss the threat Big Data and mass surveillance pose to our democracy.

Edward Snowden
Whistleblower & Former National Security Agency contractor

Malkia Cyril
Executive Director, Center for Media Justice

Moderator – Dan Froomkin
Washington Editor of The Intercept

This session is from Common Cause’s third annual Blueprint for a Great Democracy conference. Over the course of these two days, we examine the ways in which our democracy is failing people and communities. We focus on highlighting places and battles where people are standing up and winning, and policies that will make a difference. This is the third annual conference sponsored by Common Cause with a generous grant from the WhyNot Initiative.