Re: HateWatch Press Release: Activism vs Hacktivism

From Parsifal <>
Date Sun, 5 Sep 99 13:17:44 +0300

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I totally agree with this message.

To hack a site under the pretext it doesn't match one's ideas about what 
is a "good cause" turns hacktivist into the same kind of intolerant 
people they are supposed to fight.

We don't need censors, whoever they may be, governments or hacktivists.


You wrote on 5/09/99 4:40 from Art McGee

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>Date: 5 Sep 1999 01:22:36 -0000
>From: HateWatch Updates <>
>Subject: HateWatch Press Release
>HateWatch Updates -
>HateWatch Press Release: Activism vs Hacktivism
>On September 4, 1999 the Ku Klux Klan web site at was
>vandalized. The entire KKK web site was replaced with the contents of the
>HateWatch web site. HateWatch has not nor ever will condone such behavior.
>Not only is this type of action illegal but it has the effect of calling
>into question the legitimacy of the online civil rights movement as a
>whole. In the strongest possible terms, HateWatch condemns this type of
>"hacktivism" against the Ku Klux Klan web site or any web site, regardless
>of the rationale. 
>This week, David Goldman founder and Director of HateWatch was interviewed
>for an article in the Village Voice concerning the recent hacking of the
>anti-gay web site Mr. Goldman stated that hacking hate
>sites, " a tactic to be used by the civil rights community, is a
>misguided one. Limiting someone's speech...even temporarily takes away one
>of the greatest advantages the civil rights community has on the Web:
>exposing bigots using their own words." 
>Rather than defacing racist web sites which only hurt the cause, HateWatch
>invites those that are interested to volunteer at HateWatch or another
>similar organization. Education and participation, not acts of vandalism,
>will make the web a more tolerant community. 
>HateWatch (, founded in 1996, is a nonprofit
>organization that combats the growing and evolving threat of online
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