From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, 2011 will be remembered as a year of youthful mass movements and popular revolts—none of which could have occurred without the surreptitious help of computer hacktivists.

From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, 2011 will be remembered as a year of youthful mass movements and popular revolts—none of which could have occurred without the surreptitious help of computer hacktivists operating in the shadows of legality. In the latest installment of Nation Conversations, Associate Editor Liliana Segura sits down with reporter Laurie Penny, whose latest article in The Nation explores how Anonymous, LulzSec and other digital resistence groups are enabling widespread protest offline. For more, read Penny’s article, Cyberactivism From Egypt to Occupy Wall Street.

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