Title

From NoobGuides to #OpKKK: Ethics of Anonymous' Tactical Technical Communication

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Technical Communication Quarterly

Volume

26

Issue

1

Publisher

Taylor & Francis Online

Publication Date

12-7-2016

First Page

59

Last Page

75

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1080/10572252.2016.1257743

Abstract

Tactical technical communication research suggests its application to social justice. However, beyond a general advocacy of anti-institutional activity, de Certeau’s notion of tactics provides no detailed ethical framework for ethically justifying tactics. In acknowledgement of this gap, this article foregrounds the ethical thought of feminist philosopher Adriana Cavarero, particularly her concept of vulnerability, as a supplement for those employing tactics for social justice causes. The authors examine the technical documents produced by the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

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