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Civil Disobedience Online

Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society, vol.2 no.2 pp.75-83, 2004

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Resource IDklang2004
Resource titleCivil Disobedience Online
Author(s)Mathias Klang
Publication/ sourceJournal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society, vol.2 no.2 pp.75-83
Date published 2004
Summary text/ abstractThe Internet is used for every conceivable form of communication and it is therefore only natural that it should be used as an infrastructure even for protest and civil disobedience. The technology however brings with it the ability to carry out new forms of protest, in new environments and also involve changed consequences for those involved. This article looks at four criminal activities, which are used as active forms of Internet based protest in use today and analysis these forms in relation to the traditional civil disobedience discourse. The analysis is done by studying four basic criteria (disobedience, civil, non-violence and justification) found in tradition civil disobedience discourse and observing their applicability in online environments. The purpose of this article is to better understand the political protest activities carried out online and to see whether traditional civil disobedience theory embraces these new forms of political activism.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Direct Action & Protest, Hacktivism
Added to Free Range Library16/10/2014
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