Saturday, 27 August 2011

Inside the secret life of hackers

Writing at The Guardian, Heather Brooke has written the best article I've yet read on hacker culture. Read it here. Here's the opening para - it gives you a pretty good impression of where she stands on web revolutionaries ...

"Hackerspaces are the digital-age equivalent of English Enlightenment coffee houses. They are places open to all, indifferent to social status, and where ideas and knowledge hold primary value. In 17th-century England, the social equality and merit-ocracy of coffee houses was so deeply troubling to those in power that King Charles II tried to suppress them for being "places where the disaffected met, and spread scandalous reports concerning the conduct of His Majesty and his Ministers". It was in the coffee houses that information previously held in secret and by elites was shared with an emerging middle class. They were held responsible for many of the social reforms of the 18th century, when English public life was transformed."

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