Robin Hood in Cyberspace. Hacken, Nationalisme en Digitale Politiek


  • Kloet,Jeroen de


Internet, Boundaries, Peoples Republic of China, United States of America, Nationalism, Popular culture, Identity politics, Hackers


Robin Hood in Cyberspace. Hacking, Nationalism and Digital Politics. Cyberspace is very often interpreted as a world without boundaries, in which the borders of the nation-state dissolve in the Esperanto of Bits and Bytes. It seems most logical that those who speak this language most fluently -- the hackers -- will care the least about old boundaries. This ariticle shows how Chinese hackers are, contrary to these expectations, involved in fierce cyberwars with their American colleagues. It is argued that because of the imagined Western origin of new technology and hacker culture, Chinese hackers are at pains to hack with Chinese characteristics. In doing so, they make use of Chinese literary history. Coupled with this drive to localization is an identity politics that is anything but stable, a nationalist hacker easily slips into the identity of a dissident hacker or into a cracker. The politics of hacking, it is argued, are closely intertwined with the transgressive identity politics of hackers on the one hand, and the drive to localization on the other hand. 4 Figures, 26 References. Adapted from the source document.

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Kloet,Jeroen de