Democracy Discourses through the Internet Communication: Understanding the Hacktivism for the Global Changing

Nofia Fitri 1 *

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The global communication via internet has been fostering the political participation of the public civil into the world orders through several different ways; include the participation of computer virtuosos, called hackers, who have been sponsored the emergent of a new social movement ‘hacktivism’ as a new interest phenomena for the media communication and technology field. This article aims to describe the hacktivism movement as one of the ways of civil people to participate into the global politics through the public sphere, communicate their ideas and promote the principles of democracy using the technology of hacking computer. Within this article I focus on several hacktivism activities emergent since 1990s. My findings have revealed that the hacking politics actions and the social-humanity messages were conveyed by the hactivists encouraged the global circumstances for being more aware and concern on the democracy discourses. Hence I shall conclude that in the modern era of communication and technology the hacktivism has been emerging to promote the freedom of people through the internet and distributes the democracy principles into the global world for the global changing.


Democracy Internet Communication Political Communication Hacktivism Public Sphere and Global Changing


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Article Type: Research Article

Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp. 1-20

Published Online: 10 Apr 2011

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