Hacktivism is hacking, as a form of civil disobedience, to promote a political agenda or social change. Hacktivism’s roots are in the free speech, human rights, or freedom of information movements.
Well-known hacktivists include the Anonymous movement and WikiLeaks but may include an individual.
Often movements are groups of individuals working toward common goals without a single authority figure.
Hacktivism can be used for good and criminal, malicious and destructive purposes, undermining the internet’s social construct.Back to Glossary