This is something I've had in the back of my mind for quite some time but avoided it for one reason or another. If you've seen some of the threads in our forums and headlines in the news, it has become apparent that now is the time.
We in the ethical hacking community (and security field in general) have a unique perspective on certain issues in and out of our industry, since we are in the trenches on a day-to-day basis. This gives all of us the ability to foresee some of the unintended consequences that many in power, both in the private and public sectors, just can't. Be that for business reasons, political reasons, or any number of other tangental excuses, if we don't make our voices heard, we must live with the rules put in place by those who may not understand.
Chances are that the powers that be don't care to hear what we have to say, but at least we can say that we spoke up and didn't just sit idly by.
I've decided to use the same formula as we've used for this site and coin a new term - ethical hacktivism. We are all familiar with the definition of hacktivism being a bad thing, because people use the tools and techniques of hackers to unlawfully break into systems to prove a political or philisophical point. Now that our community has grown, maybe we can also use EH-Net as a platform to make a difference and get involved without breaking any laws.
Here are just a few examples of some of the topics that need open and honest discussions:
- Net Neutrality
- Electronic Wiretapping
- Cyber Warfare
EH-Netters have proven over the years to be civil and professional in our discourse. I'm confident we can maintain the same cordial environment when it comes to issues that are more emotional by nature.
Who knows... we might just make some positive change in the world.