Although I didn’t manage to attend this lecture due to stress of looming deadlines and meetings with tutors in order to ensure I actually had a clue what I was doing on the assignments, I have been through the reading and lecture slides for it and have drawn a few conclusions.
The first thing to note about hacking is the public view and reaction to it. A number of current and past representations and discourses around hacking, tell us that hacking is a negative thing, something that poses a risk to us all, our security and privacy. Any warnings and signs we are given, exaggerate any ‘danger’ that could be perceived to be as a result of hacking. However, in contrast to the misinformation we are fed, there is also an apparent lack of information, raising our suspicions and concerns in relation to hacking.
It is argued by groups such as Anonymous and more, that hacking is about attacking anyone or anything but rather about taking back rights of freedom and privacy, that are slowly being taken from us. This doesn’t mean a desire for no regulation or laws, but rather for an absence of constraints and a focus on freedom of speech.
Although many believe hacking is focused on hiding and secrecy, it is actually about transparency, as well as collective and individual privacy and security. It’s about community and non-profit groups/individuals rather than business and organisations who are out to make money or governments out to enforce rules and regulations. It’s about grouping like-minded people together to protect rights and privacy against capitalistic ideals.
These views might not be shared by everybody but, those who practice, enjoy or admire hacking and hackers, generally share the view that it’s to protect and take care of everyone, and since those in charge of our organisations, countries etc. don’t seem to share this view, it has set one very powerful group, against another group that is gaining in strength as time goes on, as more people realise that their privacy, is not in their hands.