DIGC202 · Digital Media · Music

HACKTIVISTS: Knowledge gives you freedom, and this we will bestow.

Hacktivism is generally the act of gaining access to data and/or networks for a political or social motiviation.  While hacktivism can employ illegal tactics to reach this goal, should it be defined as malicious?  The crime they commit is essentially an act of curiousity, a yearning to know more, to learn more, and to share this information with the world.

So with a blatant disregard for authority, how does hacktivism work?  It follows the idea of a common goal, utilising decentralised networks which work together to reach their common end, resulting in the mantra of “You may stop this individual, but you can’t stop us all… after all, we’re all alike.”  Hacker ethics revolve around the ideas of humour, sharing, freedom of information, anarchic ideals when it comes to authority, and a desire for transparency in contrast to secrecy.  As such, hacktivism results in a movement which aims to subvert governments and their oppression through the sharing of information.


Lyrics:
We are labelled ‘hackers’, but we’re hacking for a cause.
There’s more to what we’re doing than illegal exploits for
Our amusement, we do it for much more.

Come join our league of hacktivists, we live by simple code:
that information should be free, so beware if you encode
All of your data. We’ll seek to unlock it.

We tell the people what it is they ought to know.
Sometimes our tactics are ‘wrong‘, but it only goes to show:
You need to just step back, relax, go with the flow cause
Knowledge gives you freedom and this we will bestow.

If you want to join us, there is opportunity,
Just make sure you know there’s no fame or fortune in the
masked revolutions, we act anonymously.

And there are risks associated with the work we do
Government officials may very well pursue you
Because we subvert control, releasing all their truths.

We tell the people what it is they ought to know.
Sometimes our tactics are ‘wrong‘, but it only goes to show:
You need to just step back, relax, go with the flow cause
Knowledge gives you freedom and this we will bestow.

 

 

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