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Action Potentials:  Extrapolating an Ideology from the Anonymous hacker socio-political movement (a qualitative meta-analysis)

Action Potentials: Extrapolating an Ideology from the Anonymous hacker socio-political movement (a qualitative meta-analysis)

An ideology is defined as a set of ideas that “explains and evaluates social conditions, helps people understand their place in society, and provides a program for social and political action” (Ball & Dagger, 2011, p. 4). As such, these concepts underpin the actions of various groups and organizations, including that of the Anonymous hacker group, which professes no ideology or creed. Rather, the group has styled itself as a kind of anarchic global brain connected by various spaces on the Internet. This work explores four main data streams to extrapolate the group’s ideology: the current socio-political context of hacking and hacktivism; the group’s self-definition (through its professed values); the group’s actions (through the “propaganda of the deed”); and the insights of others about... Show More
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