A15 – From activism to “hacktivism”

Date : Monday, January 28, 2013

Time : 16h30-17h30

Hosted by : Damien BANCAL (Zataz)

The hacktivist phenomenon is increasingly present in the news thanks to the extensive media coverage given to certain groups like Anonymous. Elusive by nature and constantly evolving, it refers to the activities of groups with very varied profiles and operating modes (from site defacing to re-establishing Internet connexions in countries with censorship). This new form of political protest which makes use of information technology tools for purposes of disobedience co-exists with other, more traditional forms of protest. What is “hacktivism”? What are the boundaries/interactions between activists, cyber activists and hactivists?