Hackers and Democracy
The digital age has given birth to hackers who carry out cyberattacks on our personal data, on pipelines, energy grids and meat processing plants. There are also hackers who practice the sharing of software, open sourcing and the secure free flow of information. Maureen Webb says those hackers “are making some of the most important contributions to preserving our liberal democratic tradition in the 21st century.”
Maureen Webb is a labor lawyer and human rights activist. She has taught national security law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of Illusions of Security: Global Surveillance and Democracy in the Post-9/11 World and Coding Democracy: How Hackers Are Disrupting Power, Surveillance, and Authoritarianism.