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Unit 6
4 • Citizenship and virtual worlds

Hacktivism
American flag

Are hacktivists the modern‐day whistleblowers?



Step 3


Review hacktivists’ slogans and logos.
Activity 4
Activity 5

Hacktivism


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  • activist (n.)
  • demonstrator / protester (n.)
  • hacker (n.)
  • hacktivist (n.)
  • whistleblower /ˈwɪsIˌbǀǝʊǝ/ (n.)
  • informant (n.)

4
  • defiant /dɪˈfaɪǝnt/ (adj.)
  • dishonest (adj.)
  • disobedient /dɪsǝˈbiːdiǝnt/ (adj.)
  • dissident /ˈdɪsɪdǝnt/ (adj.)
  • insubordinate /ˌɪnsǝˈbɔːdɪnǝt/ (adj.)
  • insurgent /ɪnˈsɜːdʒǝnt/ (adj.)
  • mutinous /ˈmjuːtɪnǝs/ (adj.)
  • rebellious (adj.)
Hacktivism

3
  • cover up / dissimulation (n.)
  • demonstration (n.)
  • hidden /ˈhɪdn/ truth (n.)
  • opposite view / different take (n.)
  • protest (n.)
  • rebellion /rɪˈbɛIjǝn/ (n.)
  • setup (n.)

1
  • contest (v.)
  • promote (v.)
  • protest (v.)
  • put up a fight (v.)
  • rebel /rɪˈbɛl/ (v.)
  • stand up against (v.)

5
  • daringly (adv.)
  • deliberately /dɪˈIɪbǝrɪtIɪ/ (adv.)
  • intentionally /ɪnˈtɛn∫ǝnǝIɪ/ (adv.)
  • recklessly /ˈrɛkIǝsIɪ/ (adv.)
  • subversively /sǝbˈvɜːsɪvIɪ/ (adv.)
  • voluntarily /ˈvɒIǝntǝrɪIɪ/ (adv.)

2
  • fight the system (exp.)
  • divulge /dɪˈvʌldʒ/ (v.)
  • frame / trick / incriminate someone (v.)
  • reveal / disclose (v.)
  • shed a light (v.)
  • uncover / expose (v.)

Members of Anonymous in front of the White House during the Million Masks March, 2015.
Members of Anonymous in front of the White House during the Million Masks March, 2015.

Let's learn!

Dictionary game

Select ten words from the vocabulary boxes below.. Find a synonym or a definition for each. Share your words and their synonyms or definition with your classmates.

Your final project


You are an investigative reporter meeting a member of Anonymous.
Let's go!

Step 2


Discuss ideas with a hacktivist.
Activity 3
Voir les réponses

3
Watch this video. Be ready to present its link with the title of the unit.


Workbook p. 42

4
GROUP WORK
Discuss the brainstorming questions. Is it acceptable to break the law to raise awareness?


5
IDIOM
Read the idiom of the week. With the photo and the note, guess its meaning and rephrase it.

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Get ready!

Voir les réponses
1
Look at the vocabulary boxes below.
Find a title for each box.

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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

2
a. Look at the picture above. What strikes you?

b. What can you say about the people on the photograph (age, gender, clothes, posture)?

c. Focus on the signs. What are they fighting for?

d. If you had to keep one word among those on the signs, which one would you keep? Why?


Hackers & Cyber Attacks: Crash Course Computer Science

Brainstorming question

1
Can hacktivists change society like whistleblowers did before them?

IDIOM of the week!


Blow the whistle

Blow the whistle
This idiom probably comes from football, where a referee blows a whistle to stop the game when a player breaks the rules.

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden is a computer analyst and famous whistleblower who revealed top-secret NSA documents about US surveillance on phone and internet communications.
Picture by Dan McCall, LibertyManiacs.com.

Brainstorming question

2
Are all hacktivists whistleblowers?

Toolbox

Toolbox
  • universal /ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsəl/ (adj.)
  • background (n.)
  • common ground (n.)
  • diversity /dɪˈvɜːsɪtɪ/ (n.)
  • clench one’s fist (v.)
  • denounce / raise awareness (v.)
  • hold signs (v.) / banners (exp.)
  • wear masks (v.)

On your way to the task - Step 1


Tweet your reaction after a revelation.
Activity 1
Activity 2
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