Tuesday, January 25, 2011

To Hack Or Not To Hack?

Today's Morning Star contains (a) an editorial on its centre page attacking hacking by News Corporations which it runs alongside (b) a major article by John Pilger which supports the use WikiLeaks is making in using information acquired in similar ways. I suppose the difference between the two uses of similar techniques is felt to arise from what are perceived to be the different purposes behind them. Yet the proximity of the two items does raise the question of just when we are justified in hacking and when we are to be condemned for doing it.

1 comment:

peezedtee said...

Probably Pilger would argue that hacking into government secrets is OK because they are supposed to be acting in our name, whereas hacking into celebrities' private conversations is immoral because it is none of our business.