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The online group Anonymous conducts campaigns to hijack or otherwise disrupt the computer systems of its targets to make socio-political statements. A list of their activities can be found here. Most recently, it hijacked the twitter account of a member of the Westborough Baptist Church in response to inflammatory statements which are the norm with this church.

Are acts such as these examples of initiation of force?

asked Dec 18 '12 at 16:50

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edited Dec 18 '12 at 16:54

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Using someone else's personal property without permission (or in a way which exceeds permission) is an initiation of force.

Presumably Twitter's terms of service (which is what grants permission for people to use their computers) do not allow their computers to be used in the way which Anonymous was using them.

There may be other rights being violated, but that's the easy one.

(Dec 18 '12 at 19:00) anthony anthony's gravatar image

Short answer: yes.

I would classify "hactivism" as a form of vigilantism. Hactivists are using technology to take control of property they do not own and have no right to access. This is just a more sophisticated form of the so-called Occupy movement -- the main difference being that the property rights violation is less perceptually obvious. Hactivist attempts to justify their rights violations as a kind of political speech are beside the point. Freedom of speech means you are free to spread your ideas using your own property, not that you can appropriate the property of others and re-purpose it to your own ends.

answered Dec 21 '12 at 17:55

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