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Hackers: A Catalyst Culture

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Hackers: A Catalyst Culture

Abstract:
In his paper 'Hackers: A Catalyst Culture' Rommert Zijlstra clarifies the difference between crackers and hackers. He explains the motivations and ethics that drive hackers and, most importantly, argues why hackers perform an essential service which propels technological progress. "Hackers are catalysts for technical innovation", claims Zijlstra.