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Oct 16

Hackers – Could They have Found New Kinds of Activism?

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A few weeks ago, while searching for documentaries to watch, I landed on two interesting ones about hackers in two free-of-charge streaming websites of UR—The Swedish educational broadcasting company—which is an independent public service company that operates together with SVT (Swedish public television). The first documentary is a 28minutes-long episode that is a part of an 8-episodes series called Aktivismens Tid (Activism Time) from 2014 that is produced by UR. The second one is almost an hour-long called Internetaktivisterna (Internet Activists) from 2015 by the French director Flo Laval. What I found interesting about these documentaries was that they show not only the different kinds of activism hackers engage with, but also the way they propagate and share technological knowledge with “ordinary people”, primarily knowledge about internet surveillance/censorship and the ways people can avoid it, that is, use the internet in a safer way. Thus, from, generally, being focused on working with other hackers on projects like open-source/free software, hackers have been engaging in a more collaborative work with others like ordinary people and different kinds of social organizations who have no previous relation to hacker culture. Continue reading →


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Oct 16

DRY

 

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The exponential deployment of Internet and consequent share in the network of millions of users around the world every day has led to the creation of global citizenship. These citizenships are able to strengthen the foundations of civil societies through the development of a pattern of networks and relationships with a steady stream of actions and exchange of information that make up the contents of global agendas.

Within the network, there are traditional protest movements, but the most important movements-environment, environmentalism, women, human rights-are movements of securities; therefore, these are movements that depend mainly on communication skills and the ability to carry out recruitment of support and encouragement by the call to the values, principles and ideas. Continue reading →


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