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Political hacktivism: tool of the underdog or scourge of cyberspace?

Caroline Auty (Centre for Information Behaviour and the Evaluation of Research (CIBER), Department of Information Science, City University, London, UK)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Article publication date: 1 August 2004



Using the Internet as a means of registering discontent with politicians, policies and groups is a growing phenomenon. There are various ways of manifesting protest on the Internet, including building protest sites, cyber‐squatting, defacing Web sites and organising denial of service attacks. Some of these methods are extremely effective, being cheap to use and requiring limited technical ability. Others err on the wrong side of the law and involve full‐scale hacking. Overall, hacktivism can be a productive part of the political process.



Auty, C. (2004), "Political hacktivism: tool of the underdog or scourge of cyberspace?", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 56 No. 4, pp. 212-221.



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