Barrett Brown calls himself the Cobra Commander for Anonymous. Others have called him the hacktivist group’s unofficial spokesperson. Some have called him a strategist in asymetrical digital warfare. Some people call him fag.
Can Anonymous have a spokesperson? What’s up with the U.S. military using fake online personas to spread propaganda? And what about AI auto-personas? Will the future war for public opinion be waged by sophisticated corporate algorithm trolls?
You’ll just have to listen, kiddos. But be warned, it’s scary stuff:
Brown’s written for Vanity Fair, al-Jazeera, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Skeptical Inquirer, and many more. His book is called Flock of Dodos: Behind Modern Creationism, Intelligent Design, and the Easter Bunny. He’s also recently been appointed as Murphy’s Minister of Moderately Dirty Tricks.
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