The Roots of Hacktivism

When we think of hacking today, most people would probably think of a nerdy, mid-20s guy, sitting in a dark room with a hoodie on, fingers moving across the keyboard at the speed of light (just like in the movies you know). In reality, this couldn’t really be further from the truth of the roots of hacktivism.

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Alan Turing was the creator of the first automated decryption device which was used to hack into and translate German messages sent using the Enigma. He doesn’t really look like hackers do in the movies does he?

The reason I think this is important is because it should be acknowledged that ‘hacking’ is not a dirty word. Hacking can be used in favour of activism, or hacktivism. And the sooner this stereotype is destroyed, the better.

Catch ya on the flip side,

Jess x

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