Digital Power List: Revolutionaries

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Digital Power List: Revolutionaries


REVOLUTIONARIES

No one creatively subverts the status quo like these rambunctious anti-authoritarians.

Julian Assange

Founder, WikiLeaks

He channeled his hacking habit into a crusade, revealing classified documents on government corruption--and even Sarah Palin's emails.

Wael Ghonim

Internet activist

The ex-Google marketing chief in the Middle East launched the Facebook page heard round the world. In 2010, it jumpstarted the Tahrir Square demonstrations, which led to President Mubarak's ouster. In light of his efforts, and the jail time and torture he endured for the cause, he was a frontrunner for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Jake Davis (a.k.a. Topiary)

Hacktivist

The Scottish teen collaborated with Anonymous to reveal corruption and racism among Arizona cops. He was arrested last year on suspicion of hacking News Corp. and Sony computers.

Alaa Abdel Fattah

Egyptian dissident

A pioneer in the region for voicing his political discontent and aggregating other voices of dissent on the blog he runs with his wife.

Chaos Computer Club

Hacker collective

The group promotes digital privacy and free speech, and cracked the source code for a virus used by the German government to spy on citizens.

Nawaat

Tunisian group blog

In 2004, Sami Ben Gharbia, Sufian Guerfali, and Riadh Guerfali founded the site Nawaat, which became integral in the Tunisian Revolution.

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