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Hactivism: A Short History

Meghan Neal

The hacking community likes to flaunt its glib side, but it also has a rich history of political activism—or "hacktivism"—that has come to define it in the era of WikiLeaks. If there's one thing that unites hacktivists across multiple generations, it's dedication to the idea that information on the Internet should be free—a first principle that has not infrequently put them at odds with corporations and governments the world over.

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