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Definition Edit

Cyberactivism (also called activism) is

  • "normal, nondisruptive use of the Internet in support of an agenda or cause."[1]
  • "nongovernmental efforts to promote, block, or protest social or political change."[2]

Overview Edit

"Operations in this area includes browsing the web for information, constructing web sites and posting materials on them, transmitting electronic publications and letters through email, and using the Net to discuss issues, form coalitions, and plan and co-ordinate activities."[3]

"Compromises in cybersecurity have been used in some activist efforts in cyberspace, wherein activists may compromise the cybersecurity of an installation in an effort to make a political statement or to call attention to a cause, for example, by improperly obtaining classified documents for subsequent release or by defacing a public-facing Web site. Activism may also be an expression of patriotism, e.g., defacement by citizens of Nation A of Web sites belonging to adversaries of Nation A."[4]

References Edit

  1. Activism, Hacktivism, and Cyberterrorism: The Internet as a Tool for Influencing Foreign Policy, at 241.
  2. At the Nexus of Cybersecurity and Public Policy: Some Basic Concepts and Issues, at 13.
  3. Activism, Hacktivism, and Cyberterrorism: The Internet as a Tool for Influencing Foreign Policy, at 241.
  4. At the Nexus of Cybersecurity and Public Policy: Some Basic Concepts and Issues, at 13-14.

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