Drawing the digital line? an investigation into the role of hacktivism in contemporary society

Willder, Michael (2014) Drawing the digital line? an investigation into the role of hacktivism in contemporary society. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Since the dot com boom in the late 1990s, research suggests that the Internet has been in continuous development and become ubiquitous in the modern society. In the UK it was found in 2013 that 86% of British citizens had access to the Internet (Internet Access Quarterly Update, Q3 2013, 2013). Therefore, the Internet has become a blessing for the transfer of information between citizens, corporations and the UK government. Whilst the Internet has a vast amount of positive opportunities, it has become a facilitator of negative opportunities too. Hacktivism is argued to provide such opportunities, and is defined as “engaged politics which seeks solutions in software in the search for a specific technological fix to a social problem (Meikle, 2002, p. 141).
    This project looks into whether there is a ‘digital line’ between what constitutes as a benefit of hacktivism, or whether it is simply a menace to British society. The project will further explore into the history of hacktivism, and what British legislation combats such activity.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Computing
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2014 10:13
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:39
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15257

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