Coding Democracy: How Hackers Are Disrupting Power, Surveillance, and Authoritarianism (Paperback)

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By Maureen Webb, Cory Doctorow (Foreword by)
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Hackers as vital disruptors, inspiring a new wave of activism in which ordinary citizens take back democracy.

Hackers have a bad reputation, as shady deployers of bots and destroyers of infrastructure. In Coding Democracy, Maureen Webb offers another view. Hackers, she argues, can be vital disruptors. Hacking is becoming a practice, an ethos, and a metaphor for a new wave of activism in which ordinary citizens are inventing new forms of distributed, decentralized democracy for a digital era. Confronted with concentrations of power, mass surveillance, and authoritarianism enabled by new technology, the hacking movement is trying to "build out" democracy into cyberspace.

About the Author


Maureen Webb is a labor lawyer and human rights activist. She is the author of Illusions of Security: Global Surveillance and Democracy in the Post-9/11 World and has taught national security law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780262542289
ISBN-10: 0262542285
Publisher: The MIT Press
Publication Date: March 16th, 2021
Pages: 416