I read this article recently, and I was reminded of it during our readings and conversations on Monday. The Anonymous Hacker group, after threatening to reveal KKK members in important government positions, released the names of 80 US Senators and Mayors who are associated with the group. The “Hack Attacks and Electronic Civil Disobedience” talks about “hacktivism” as a participatory politics that seeks to use software to fix social problems. In the article, this quote pulled from the blog post that outed the members outlines the intentions of the leak: “You’ve had blood on your hands for nearly 200 years,” Anonymous wrote in a blog post. “You continue to inflict civil rights violations, commit violent crimes and solicit others to commit violent criminal acts.” I think this is a great example of the continuing use of technology as a tactic for social change and deconstruction of supremacist institutions. I just think it is interesting that the hacks that I hear about more often today either involve important leaks like this, revealing the hypocrisy within the government and how ideologies of of this country’s leaders definitely affect its policy/how it policy is carried out, but the government seems to be concerned with monitoring civilians phones and computers, etc. The people who need to be investigated work in the government because they have direct influence in how people are treated by law enforcement, government institutions, etc.


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  1. zainjazara says:

    This makes me think about the transition of internet activism. First, we saw the Zapatistas and their use of floodnet to crash sites. Now, the aim is to release information. Do you see a correlation here or do you think they are completely different types of internet activism?

    • sonyajendoubi says:

      I think that crashing the sites is more of a way to squash the opposition, there is less of a sense of accountability for those being targeted. With websites information can be changed and tweaked and then re-uploaded, while with information leaks it is accessible forever on the internet. This way everyone can get involved and do with the information they please.

  2. taliat says:

    I think it’s super valuable to be able to use the internet as a way of deconstructing supremacist institutions, but sometimes I worry about what this aspect of the internet leads to in other contexts. The same freedom of access and information that allows us to find out about these KKK members can be used to undermine an activist’s individual rights or take them out of an issue through threats. I guess the main reason I struggle with this is that I have only really directly observed/experienced this access of information being used for ill/harm, through the doxing of activists (especially in the feminist circuits) on the internet.

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