Cyber Criminal or Hero?

Last week the idea of social activism or Hacktivism was delved into, and this week we further explore the darker depths of this presence through the cases of cybercrime such as Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.


Assange is the editor-in-chief of the site wiki-leaks which has revealed millions of the most persecutive documents, including a video of soldiers shooting innocent civilians. Snowden is a former CIA employee for the US government who in 2013 exposed classified information from the NSA in 2013 which revealed different surveillance programs.

A common question which was apparent in many blog posts last week, was if hacktivism was either good or bad? many argued neutral where there is good and bad to social activism. Personally I am neutral on the topic, but when observing the impact of Edward Snowden, and realising many people view him as some kind of hero, it made me think maybe for society this could be good. Through these cybercrime acts that people are willing to take part, the public are able to be exposed to the dirty secrets within the government that they don’t want us to know.

In a world where Knowledge is power, these acts of social activism are able to inform the public of things that higher powers don’t want the public to know….and through this, whilst I still believe there is still a lot of bad in cybercrime which could be lethal such as hacking private information, I believe there is good that comes out of this.

One thought on “Cyber Criminal or Hero?

  1. Hey Ryan, great post! It’s super difficult when forming an opinion on hacktivism to try and weight up the legal implications and also the beneficial social activism side of it, and you spoke of this well. One suggestion is that maybe you could include some hyperlinks in your next post to draw the readers’ attention to what you’re talking about. Also, here is an article on why Edward Snowden can be called a hero that you might find interesting


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