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Is a taxi a taxi?

By Paula Morgenstern, on 14 June 2012

When I enter the room for this debate about digital security and the future of hacktivism, I almost expect to see someone with an Anonymous mask sitting in the audience.

There is no-one, but Misha Glenny, one of the three high-profile speakers of this event echos my thought: he tool suspects that someone from Anonymous might be in the audience. But unlike me, Misha knows that he or she would not show. Of course.

Anonymous protesters

Anonymous protesters

It seems, I have understood little about Anonymous and the world of hacktivism. Thankfully for me (and many of the other guests, who – a majority white haired – don’t look any more knowledgeable than I am), Tim Jordan, Senior Lecturer on Digital Culture and Society at King’s College London, explains to us the basics of hacktivism in a short and precise overview.

He stresses that in contrast to cybercrime, cyberwar or cyberterrorism, with whatever doubtful motives, hacktivism is a politicised form of action trying to evoke a mass protest.