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'Audacious' hactivists make social statement, scholar says

John P. Mello Jr. | April 9, 2012
A stirring defense of the hacktivist collective Anonymous was posted this week to the website for the prestigious magazine Foreign Affairs by Yochai Benkler, faculty co-director for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

He describes the hackers as "some of the most energetic and wired segments of society," who have helped develop the Internet. "Any society that commits itself to eliminating what makes Anonymous possible and powerful risks losing the openness and uncertainty that have made the Internet home to so much innovation, expression, and creativity."

 

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