Hacktivism, or Fifty Shades of Grey Hat

Politics & Society
re:publica 2015

Short thesis: 

The history and practice of hacktivism is a complicated business. Where did it come from, who's doing it, and why does it matter? Or is the whole discourse completely over-hyped? Join a discussion with some people who have thought about hacking and political engagement online. And come prepared to challenge what you hear.

Description: 

"Hacktivism" is a contentious word. It means a lot of things to a lot of different peope. From hacktivism's earliest appearance in the mid-nineties every online activist has tried to grab a piece of it. But what does hacktivism actually mean? Is there one definition or is it a synonym for various forms of online engagement? And do definitions even matter?

This panel will examine the roots of hacktivism and its antecedents, who's been doing what, and where things might be going.    

STG-2
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:15 to 12:15
English
Discussion
Beginner