miércoles, 23 de marzo de 2011

Cyberactivism, protest or crime?

Cyberactivism, also known as Internet activism, is the use of electronic communication technologies (www, e-mail, etc), to enable communications with large audiences, in an attempt to denounce and solve attacks to the Human Rights.

Being able to join thousands of people together for a cause was way more difficult before than it is now. What has made this change? Internet, of course.

An example is what happened with the so called "Anonymous" cyberactivists, in the USA, who planned and  convinced thousands of citizens through social networks and forums. What they did is that they blocked the web pages of organizations such as MPAA or RIAA (USA), which supported anti-piracy lobbies.

This attacks have lead to a lot of debate and critics. Moreover, two points of view have been distinguished: there are people who consider this attacks as vandalism, crime and delinquence, while others support the idea that they're just ways of protest and claim

So, should this cyberactivism actions be consider as many other demands or demonstrations, or are they definetly criminal actions (whichever way we look at it)?

3 comentarios:

  1. In my opinion, they are organised with good intention. Cutting citizens' freedom of expression is one thing and a very different one is cutting piracy from the root.

  2. I also find it incredible how social networks manage to gather so many people together with one same objective. It's becoming a great tool for organization.

  3. Cyberactivism is the cause why thw revolts have succeed in Egypt , Tunisia and Yemen. Thanks to Internet the spread of communication have increased hugely, which have lead to and instant feedback among people. Thanks to this communicatiion ability, revolts and other huge events can have been organized.