Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tech word of the week: "Hacktivist"

Courtesy of the BBC, the word "hacktivist" has now entered the lexicon meaning computer hackers who work for a cause. Wherever you come out on the WikiLeaks story this week, and I'm bound to come out differently again next week, I hope it continues to provide us all with food for thought and the freedom to have those thoughts.

"Wikileaks 'revenge' attacks hit Mastercard Web attacks by a group of hacktivists targeting firms that withdrew services from Wikileaks have disrupted Mastercard payments, the BBC learns."

Correction: The term 'hacktivism' was coined by techno-culture writer Jason Sack in a piece about media artist Shu Lea Cheang published in InfoNation in 1995.
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