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100 Ideas that Changed the Web by Jim Boulton

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Steal this network!

IDEA No 13

HACKERS

The use of the term ‘hacker’ to mean someone who exploits weaknesses in a computer system is controversial. In computer subculture, it is a badge of honour, meaning someone with an advanced understanding of computers.

Abbie Hoffman’s Steal This Book exemplifies ’60s counterculture and the hacker ethic.

Hackers are fundamentally nerds, young engineers who play with a technology, manipulating and transforming it until it becomes transparent. Nerds invented the Web and many other technologies we now take for granted. Traditionally, young entrepreneurs are respected by society. However, during the ’70s the nerd ...

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