Essay about Hacktivism & Civil Disobedience

1789 Words Mar 10th, 2013 8 Pages

Hacktivism and Civil Disobedience Hacktivism, though preferred by hackers and hacktivists to be kept without a definition, is generally thought of as hacking for a political cause. Hackers, those who have deep knowledge and understanding of the Internet and computer systems and networks, thrive on the openness and freedom the internet provides. Steven Levy’s “Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution” published nearly three decades ago outlines the hacker’s creeds: 1. Access to computers should be unlimited and total. 2. All information should be free. 3. Mistrust authority – promote decentralization. 4. Hackers should be judged by their hacking not bogus criteria such as degrees, age, race, or
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He knew the money would be used towards funding the Mexican-American War and did not want to condone any such activity – nor did he want to condone the slavery that was still taking place in America. Because of his disobedience to the law, Thoreau was in turn jailed, although he proclaimed “It costs me less in every sense to incur the penalty of disobedience to the State that it would to obey. I should feel as if I were worth less in that case.” Henry Thoreau firmly believed that unjust laws could be changed through the will and dedication of the minority. He believed that casting votes takes too long, and merely allows you to pick which representative’s policy you like best – not necessarily your own.
“Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence. A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight. If the alternative is to keep all just men in prison, or give up war and slavery, the State will not hesitate which to choose.” Mohandas Gandhi, an Indian lawyer who became aware and active of the struggles and oppression Indians were battling, was himself an advocate of Non Violence and civil disobedience. Gandhi shared Thoreau’s thought in which one who advocates for or abides by an unjust government’s law is a part of the problem along with the government itself. “Civil

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