11-04-2011 mag 3 /
Hackers: A Catalyst Culture

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Hackers: A Catalyst Culture

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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.
08-04-2011 mag 3 /
Anonymous: activism in a new media environment

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Anonymous: activism in a new media environment

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The article focuses on the tension between institutionalized media users and a growing amount of hacker genres that claim the “media environment” as “a venue for participation, speech, interaction and creativity”. Van Schellebeek uses the net-activism of Anonymous as a case to elaborate on Lievrouw’s analysis of the hacker communities and her division of the hacker’s media environment ...