Hacktivism: Hacking and Activism
Some real next level word blending right there.
When you think of the term ‘hacktivist’, for me at least, there is one name that comes to mind; Anonymous.
If you’re unfamiliar with the movement and its efforts, then you may know them by their heavy use of Guy Fawkes’ image. Guy Fawkes of the ‘Gunpowder plot’ fame, or more recently as the mask used in the film ‘V for Vendetta’.
Imagery aside, what do hacktivists actually do? As Davis writes, hacktivism is “the use of computers and computer networks to promote political ends, chiefly free speech, human rights, and information ethics”
This is very much in line with the message the Anonymous collective promotes. I say collective rather than group or organisation, because of their lack of centralisation. Anonymous is more of an idea perpetuated by what should be the free and open nature of the internet. And this is where its power lies, in decentralised nodes united for the freedom of information and people. Anyone can represent Anonymous.
Watching the video, you’re almost waiting for Dr. Evil to pop up and demand “One Million Dollars”. But really, it speaks a lot about justice, truth and freedom, while still naming themselves a “terrorist organisation… for corporations” and “wicked infiltrators”. This language kind of makes me wonder whether this hacktivism is good or bad.
Where do you guys sit on the Robin Hood-esque idea of ‘hacking the rich to give to the poor’ or just opening up information to the world?
We are Anonymous; We are legion; We do not forgive, We don’t not forget; Expect us.
Have a watch of this too if you’re after some more information.