Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hacktivism What is it?

Hacktivism – What does this actually mean? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The term hacktivistm was first used by designer/author Jason Sack in a 1995 InfoNation article about the media artist Shu Lea Cheang.

If hacking as "illegally breaking into computers" is assumed, then hacktivism could be defined as "the nonviolent use of illegal or legally ambiguous digital tools in pursuit of political ends". These tools include web site defacements, redirects, denial-of-service attacks, information theft, web site parodies, virtual sit-ins, and virtual sabotage.[3] Acts of hacktivism are carried out in the belief that proper use of code will be able to produce similar results to those produced by regular activism or civil disobedience. Can often be misconstrued as cyberterrorism.

I believe it is a mean of protest or achieving justice. This happens right here in Michigan, look at the little girl dying from Trenton it was on twitter, Face Book, just to name a few.

Due to the Outrage of everyone the neighbor was finally brought to justice.

It this it what it takes to bring folks that are un-human to justices then so be it, as long as everyone doesn't take the law into there own hands. .

1 comment:

  1. Your points are interesting. I found this website which goes into good detail about the definition and purpose of "hacktivism." You mention that hacktivism includes website defacements and DOS attacks that attempt to achieve a politcal end. I agree that in order to be considered hactivism there must be some sort of political or social goal. The Hacktivist website notes that a simple act of defacement is not hacktivism, despite being the most cited form in the media. It goes on to mention that in order to be considered hacktivism, a defacement must have a "level of intentionality that the overwhelming majority of defacements don't have" and that a random website defacement is not considered hacktivism at all. Do you agree?