Just as activists, protesters and others who want to show their dissatisfaction with governments, organizations and other influential groups’ decisions use traditional methods and means of protesting and working against them, hacktivists use modern means such as technology, computers, Internet etc. to promote their views, political ideals, to represent those who fight for free speech, human rights and other rights guaranteed by International conventions, laws etc.

The work hacktivism is coined from hacking and activism and it represents activities of those who act through means of electronic communication devices, programming and other ways of hacking and use that knowledge and ways of acting to promote and support the same principles as traditional activists do.

Hacktivists use non-violent hacking methods called reality hacking to achieve their goals and to point out problems in the social order, government system etc.

They spread messages on-line via services such as forums, social networks and other means of mass communication sometimes using hacking to push those messages where administrators, moderators and holders of such services wouldn't normally allow their promotion. This is where hacking comes to use.

My personal opinion is that hacktivism is something that citizens of every country should support, because where ever there is corruption, illegal activity enforced for the benefit of interest groups instead of for the common public good, hacktivists will point it out and attempt to expose it.

Hacking itself has two sides, the “dark” and the “light” side, figuratively speaking. The “dark” would be when those with advanced knowledge and understanding of computers and technology use their knowledge to their own benefit, whereas the “light” side of hacking is one used for public good and for making space for public condemning of illegal or socially harmful behaviour of interest groups, governments, organizations, individuals etc.