Is internet vigilantism justified when governments fail to uphold the law?

Dec 2, 2013

Cases of rape in Steubenville and Maryville were re-opened after online activist group Anonymous brought media attention and exposure to perpetrators. So what is the power of online dissent? And what if the laws themselves are unjust? Many online vigilantes are lashing out in response to increasing state and corporate surveillance. What tactics are acceptable? And how are governments responding to civil disobedience online? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.



Quinn Norton, a journalist, photographer and blogger covering hacker culture, Anonymous, Occupy movement, intellectual property and copyright issues, and the Internet

Ricardo Dominguez, an associate professor in the Visual Arts department at the University of San Diego and co-founder of the hacktivist group Electronic Disturbance Theater

Hadar Aviram, professor of law at U.C. Hastings and co-chair of the Hastings Intitute for Criminal Justice. Professor Aviram’s research focuses on the criminal justice system and examines policing, courtroom practices, and broad policy decisions.


Web Resources


The Daily Beast - The New Vigilantes

Quinn Norton - How Antisec Died

New Republic - Is Anonymous’s Rape Vigilantism a Public Good?

AlterNet - A Brave Hacker Willing to Spend a Decade in Prison for Exposing the Workings of the Corporate State

The New Yorker - Hacker with a Cause

Wired - How Anonymous Picks Targets, Launches Attacks, and Takes Powerful Organizations Down

CNET - Old-time Hacktivists: Anonymous, You’ve Crossed the Line