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Gabriella Coleman

Art History and Communications Studies | McGill University
Presentation: "Weapons of the Geek"

Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism. Her first book on Free Software, “Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking” has been published with Princeton University Press. It is available for purchase and you can download a copy and learn more about the book here.

Her forthcoming book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous published by Verso is out in November 2014.

She has given numerous talks on hackers, digital activism,open source production and intellectual property law. Her publications are available here and a partial list of talks, podcasts, interviews and other media appearances are available here. A complete list of talks and publications are available on my CV. You can follow her on Twitter


Internet Relay Chat, invented in 1989, is what I like to call the original social network. Considered primitive my today's standards,  geeks and hackers all over the world still widely use IRC to congregate, socialize, organize, and labor.