Digital immolation: New directions for online protest

Joseph Bonneau

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The current literature and experience of online activism assumes two basic uses of the Internet for social movements: straightforward extensions of offline organising and fund-raising using online media to improve efficiency and reach, or “hacktivism” using technical knowledge to illegally deface or disrupt access to online resources. We propose a third model which is non-violent yet proves commitment to a cause by enabling a group of activists to temporarily or permanently sacrifice valuable online identities such as email accounts, social networking profiles, or gaming avatars. We describe a basic cryptographic framework for enabling such a protest, which provides an additional property of binding solidarity which is not normally possible offline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSecurity Protocols XVIII - 18th International Workshop, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsBruce Christianson, James Malcolm
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783662459201
StatePublished - 2014
Event18th International Workshop Security Protocols - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: Mar 24 2010Mar 26 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other18th International Workshop Security Protocols
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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