Hacktivism: An online Protest

B. Jones

As technology grows so does society and they tend to move and grow with each other. Technology can induce a social change or a problem within our culture will influence a solution. With this, concerns in society can be protested against online in a similar but quieter way.

Activism in essence is the want for a change whether that change is needed politically or needed socially. Hacktivism is no different, since we are connected to each other more than ever the prospect of demonstration against a form of injustice is now just as more likely to happen at any time and people from any where on the globe can get involved. David Gunkel states that hacktivism can be described as such.

[Hacktivism] draws on the creative use of computer technology for the purposes of facilitating online protests, performing civil disobedience in cyberspace and disrupting the flow of information by…

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3 thoughts on “Hacktivism: An online Protest

  1. Freedom of speech is such a huge issue now. And hackers really make the general public think are we being told all of the truth? Fro example Money Monster is coming out later this year, and although it isn’t about hacking it goes to show what can happen when people discover the truth. Although I think in some cases hacking isn’t always a good thing, there are instances where it has benefitted society. Such as the Edward Snowden case (although not so much for himself).

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  2. Reflecting on Gunkel’s statement and Hacktivism in general, it is a scary thought of how the reverse could be done – how instead of activism, governmental propaganda could be spread by using the same means of Hacktivism. Bodies dedicated to removing content and replacing it with government approved messages or pro-political party promotions. Looking forward to reading further.

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  3. Whilst groups such as Anonymous, who have self proclaimed that they fight for free speech, its scary to think that just through a computer, people have the ability to alter the information that is available to us and we would be non the wiser.

    Hactivisim, like you mentioned is pretty much the same concept as activism, rather it is just done through digital channels, rather than say picket signs.

    Through using digital channels, messages can be sent to a much greater audience, than was available in years gone past. Whilst this is a beneficial assets of the digital age that we live in, it can also be dangerous. Kids and people who are easily influenced have access to content, which may or may not be legitimate or legal. An example of this is terrorist being able to get through to 16 year old children in Australia, who 20 years ago, they wouldn’t have been able to make contact with.

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