bullets of truth everywhere -digital resistance

As the internet, being a distributed system, allowed individual nodes to broadcast to the entire network, the rise of cyber libertarianism occurred referring “to the belief that individuals—acting in whatever capacity they choose (as citizens, consumers, companies, or collectives)—should be at liberty to pursue their own tastes and interests online.

From the outset, decryption was seen as a game of codes and secrets, it gave cracking codes a playful element. The revolution of the PC lead to the appearance of hacker culture and the first settlers of the wild west, or electronic frontier. This game turned into something else as the information being extracted was like forbidden fruit, one hacker describing it as “heroin through an addict’s veins”.

Hacktivism, being a form of online activism functioned under ethics including the notion that we are all deserving of free information and sharing, with no authority and no secrets held. Julian Assange supports these ethics when hacking, he outlined the hacker subculture’s early Golden Rules: “Don’t damage computer systems you break into (including crashing them); don’t change the information in those systems (except for altering logs to cover your tracks); and share information.” He believes that information is valuable in its own right and it should be public.

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My remediation explores the notion of the internet being an electronic frontier and Julian Assange and many other hackers’ motivation to share as much information as possible as the truth is so valuable, in his quote: “If it is true information we don’t care where it comes from. Let people fight with the truth, and when the bodies are cleared there will be bullets of the truth everywhere, that’s fine.”

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