Anonymous resistance: hackers, lulz and whistle-blowers

Hacking in this digital age has evolved from something quiet mysterious and niche, to something that is used daily to improve and better secure networks.

Of course, it still remains dangerous and something to be concerned about, however it is interesting to note that there is such a variety of ways that it is used in current times.

I remember being in high school when the internet was really evolving and the teachers always bringing guest speakers in to warn us about never storing or sending anything personal or scandalous on our phones because “the police will always be able to see it”.

In fright of these talks, I grew up being really cautious of what I had on my phone and how I interacted with the internet (which was probably a good thing) but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realised that there’s definitely more interesting things to hack than a 16 year old’s iPhone 5.

This weeks lecture used the example of hacker Julian Assange (co-founder of WikiLeaks) who leaked information about the US government. BBC says that to his supporters, is a valiant campaigner for truth. To his critics, he is a publicity seeker who has endangered lives by putting a mass of sensitive information into the public domain.


3 thoughts on “Anonymous resistance: hackers, lulz and whistle-blowers

  1. Hey Erin,
    Exploring this weeks topic on hackers and the uses of global information networks, I really enjoyed reading your blog and how you personalised this topic in your own life. I also remember when a police man would come to the school and tell us everything we put online becomes out of our control. They talked about our reputation and how if people gain access to personal information then it can be exposed to everyone. I remember everyone coming out being so scared. Only until now I’ve even thought about cyber criminals…We all need to start thinking…


  2. I like how you proposed in your remediation that hacking can be used for good, because if you look down a different avenue there are also a lot of ‘ethical hackers’ which protect companies and/or individual’s, and these are called grey hat hackers. A lot of companies even hire ‘ethical hackers’ as part of their teams to evaluate the security of their networks. There’s more on this in this YouTube Video I found


  3. I really like the direction you chose for your post, and your remediation is thought-provoking. I have never thought of hackers as anything other than bad before this weeks lecture, which I guess is a perception I and many others would have from how hackers are portrayed in the movies. I also talked about WikiLeaks in my blog post this week, something that I found interesting about the site was the broad range of activist topics the site involves itself in from political to racial to feminist movements, WikiLeaks has a very broad field of activism. Here is a great article which talks more about some of the different posts they have made and what good or bad they brought


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