Another argument that pro-hacktivists would cite is an offshoot of the civil disobedience assertion. A considerable majority of hacktivists are advocates of free speech, as it is precisely pursuant to this right that they would make use of the internet as a means to get the message across. Anonymous, for one, has declared in its videos its commitment to the freedom of speech. In a video of their Declaration of Freedom, they state: “We believe that free speech is non negotiable. The quality of an idea matters more than its authorship…” Some hacktivist groups such as Hacktivismo have expressed their adherence to the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights which says that: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
Thus, hacktivists promote free speech and further democratic principles by allowing people to freely share as well as access information through the internet. Hacktivism also serves as an equalizer, defending individuals from the encroachment of their fundamental rights by governments and corporations. By doing en masse what one person cannot do, and through the anonymity and access the internet provides, there is effectively the strengthening of the individual, bringing him to the level of a corporation or law firm.
Naysayers and critics of hacktivism have addressed these concerns with valid and insightful arguments of their own.
To be continued…
Nathan J. Marasigan, Entry No. 10