Re: HateWatch Press Release: Activism vs Hacktivism

From Parsifal <>
Date Mon, 6 Sep 99 15:00:56 +0300

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You wrote on 6/09/99 11:30 from stu

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>> everybody must have the right to publish his/her ideas,
>> and promote his/her cause, WHATEVER IT MAY BE.
>> I am still wondering whether this list is dedicated to hackers or to 
>> activists .....
>well, what is a hacker?  Contemporary media hijaacked the term 
>and proceeded to use it to describe a malicious electronic 
>assailant.  But history defines it as anyone who messes with a 
>system until it does something unusual.  Activists fight for "good 
>causes" ...
> a hacktivist is someone who messes with a system to 
>promote peace, learning and happiness.
>Levy's hackers, for example, picked locks at MIT -- but only so 
>they could develop the beginnings of the multiuser, multitasking 
>operating systems we're using to write these messages.
>The essential difference seems to be about intent - facilitation vs 

I agree. So, what about the idea to create a list for hacktivists ? :-)


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