Time to reassess hacktivism

Anonymous has used hacktivism as a key means of promoting various causes, but does hacking actually change policy or make things worse?

Over the weekend, the Australian sect of the hacking collective Anonymous dumped the data they gleaned from AAPT’s server.

As the group keenly promised through an interview with the ABC, this is only the first wave of a full on hacking assault of Australian government and businesses.

It’s all being undertaken with the intent of deterring the government from installing laws that would allow for greater monitoring of the everyday Australian’s internet usage. It’s a fair enough cause – nobody wants to see the Australian government turn into an internet Big Brother.

But recent commentary has condemned the group, saying that their actions won’t aid their cause. Perhaps it’s time to reassess this idea of hacktivism, and ask whether it’s actually changed any policy.

So on that note, today’s infographic from Frugal Dad provides an overview on the topic so you can make up your own mind on the issue. Is Hacktivism constructive? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Hacktivism Infographic

Source: frugaldad.com

 

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