Activism

Authored by: Colin Milburn

The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815351931
eBook ISBN: 9781351139885
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351139885-44

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Abstract

This chapter examines the connections between cyberpunk and high-tech activism since 1984, focusing on the hackers, whistleblowers, and civil libertarians who have been inspired by science fiction to fight against social injustice. Attentive to the ways in which cyberpunk fiction highlights deep connections between technological change and social change, cyberpunk activists have often advocated for technical experimentation, computational knowledge, and practices of online anonymity as crucial elements for the defense of democracy and freedom in the networked world. The chapter discusses a number of key figures and groups in the history of cyberpunk activism, including John Perry Barlow, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Cypherpunks, the Cult of the Dead Cow, WikiLeaks, Anonymous, Edward Snowden, and Cory Doctorow.

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