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Hacktivism

Anonymous. WikiLeaks. LulzSec. Today's tech-powered politics includes renegade factions, outsider forces and merry pranksters who sometimes break the law and often break social norms in their desire to make change. Not to be confused with civic hackers, today's hacktivists are using new media as well as ingenious social strategies to disrupt and destabilize the existing order. Not everyone agrees with their tactics, and vibrant debates have broken out over whether this is genuine online civil disobedience, or disobedience of a kind that has chosen to stop being civil.

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Can Social Software Change the World? Loomio Just Might

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, February 18 2013

The Loomio mascot

After nearly fifty years of development and roughly twenty years of mass adoption, the Internet hasn't created many truly useful tools for groups. We may live in the age of "ridiculously easy group formation," but if you've spent any time as part of a group, you know that all the most popular internet tools --email, list-servs, blogs, chats, and wikis --basically suck at group coordination. None of these tools are built to make it easy for large groups to make decisions together. But a new upstart from New Zealand called Loomio, born in the fertile ashes of the Occupy movement, may have cracked the code. Read More

The FBI Says "Sabu," the Influential LulzSec Member, One of Two Arrested, Six Charged

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, March 6 2012

In a press release, the Federal Bureau of Information announced the indictment of six people who are charged with using their hacking skills to sneak onto an FBI call with other law enforcement agencies as well as information raids on HBGary, an information security firm that had been apparently planning a propaganda campaign against Wikileaks, and Stratfor, a global intelligence firm; and attacks on websites belonging to Fox, Sony, and PBS.

The release supports much of a FoxNews.com exclusive published earlier today. Together, they paint a picture of key mistakes compromising the security of the FBI — and of the man Fox News reports is a LulzSec leader turned informant.

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Anonymous And LulzSec Are At It Again, and This Time, It's Legal

BY Becky Kazansky | Wednesday, July 27 2011

Lulz Security and Anonymous, better known for illegal data breaches and acts of 'hacktivism,' today called for supporters to engage in a new protest against their old nemesis PayPal — but participants in this ... Read More

How the Wikileaks Non-Disclosure Agreement Got Disclosed

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 12 2011

Former Wikileaker James Ball writes in the Guardian that he refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement, a document [pdf] pressed on him by Julian Assange, on the grounds that doing so would have been not only ironic, ... Read More

Anonymous, In Flurry of Post-HBGary Activity, Connected to Two Internet Attacks

BY Nick Judd | Monday, February 28 2011

The Internet collective Anonymous is connected to two attacks on conservative websites perpetrated last week. A press release posted on an open Anonymous forum seems to take credit for about two and a half hours of ... Read More

The One with Anonymous Hackers, Glenn Greenwald, U.S. Security Firms, and a Plan to Bring Down Wikileaks

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, February 14 2011

A slide from "The Wikileaks Threat," a presentation allegedly hacked from the files of the securuity firm HBGary, via Business Insider Read More

From Wikileaks to OpenLeaks, Via the Knight News Challenge

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, December 17 2010

Back in 2009, Daniel Domscheit-Berg applied to the Knight News Challenge in the name of Wikileaks for $532,000 to fund a project to "improve the reach, use and impact of a platform that allows whistle-blowers and ... Read More

A PdF Reader on Wikileaks and Internet Freedom [UPDATED II]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, December 10 2010

Here's a list of essential posts on current Wikileaks controversy, starting with coverage by techPresident's editors and including posts by the various speakers in Personal Democracy Forum's December 11 New York City ... Read More

After Wikileaks: The Promise of Internet Freedom, For Real

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, December 5 2010

The conflict between Wikileaks and the U.S. Government reminds me of something we've been experiencing for some years now in the private sector of corporate activity and social enterprises. Lots of hierarchical, ... Read More

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