The Real-World Consequences Of Online Activism

November 28, 2023

The article discusses cyberactivism in Sri Lanka and the involvement of hacktivist group "Anonymous." Key points include:

Cyberactivism Defined: Cyberactivism involves using internet-based technologies and platforms for various causes, enabling self-expression and self-organization around social, political, humanitarian, religious, or environmental issues.

Tools of Cyberactivism: Cyberactivists use a range of tools such as social media, messaging services, email campaigns, online petitions, and crowdfunding platforms. Some cyberactivism may push ethical and legal boundaries.

Hacktivism: Hacktivism is the use of hacking skills for political goals, which can range from civil disobedience to more disruptive actions, potentially affecting organizations and countries.

'Anonymous' and '#OpSriLanka': "Anonymous" is a decentralized hacktivist collective known for cyberattacks against governments and institutions. They have launched "#OpSriLanka" against the Sri Lankan government, raising concerns about potential cyberattacks.

Cybersecurity Risks: Inviting hacktivists like Anonymous can pose cybersecurity risks, potentially compromising personal information and confidential data.

Long-Term Impact: While there have been no major consequences of the recent cyberattacks, experts warn that the full repercussions may only become apparent in the future.

Protecting Personal Data: Individuals with credentials in the e-Government system are advised to change or update their passwords and login details.

The article also raises questions about the potential of online political activism to change the democratic process and emphasizes the importance of cybersecurity in the age of cyberactivism.

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