uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Feds Everywhere: Risk and Risk-mitigation in Anonymous Chat Rooms
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Cultural Matters)
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Activism online is often presented as thin, low-cost engagement, accomplished by clicking Like on Facebook or using Twitter hashtags to express political opinions. Some activists, however, use the Internet differently, making political statements using methods that are illegal or legally questionable. Anonymous—a network of activists, hackers, and provocateurs—is arguably the most well-known of such actors. Participation in Anonymous actions can carry personal risks, as activists associated with Anonymous have faced legal consequences—from fines to imprisonment—in several countries. Using material generated from participant observation in Anonymous chat rooms, I analyze which risks of participation are publicly identified, how they are discussed, and the individual and collective strategies of risk-mitigation. This analysis makes a unique contribution by investigating a case that suggests that the subjective experience of risk is acknowledged and accounted for by activists online. I suggest that this has consequences for how researchers should approach political engagement online and the study of high-risk activism in the digital age.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Keyword [en]
risk perception, risk-mitigation, Anonymous, hacktivism, digitally enabled activism
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-333893OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-333893DiVA: diva2:1158216
Conference
Sociologidagarna, March 10-12 2016. Presented in the Cultural Sociology and Political Sociology sessions. Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Available from: 2017-11-18 Created: 2017-11-18 Last updated: 2017-11-23Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Authority records BETA

Creswell, Philip K.

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Creswell, Philip K.
By organisation
Department of Sociology
Sociology

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 15 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf