Hacking Culture and the Hunger for Knowledge

The Geometry of Near

July 15, 2004

It’s nobody’s fault. Honest. It’s just how it is. The future came earlier than expected. They kicked it around for years but never knew what they had. By the time they realized what it was, it was already broken. Broken open, I should say. Even then, looking at the pieces of the egg and wondering […]

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Real Hacking Rules

October 4, 2002

Real Hacking Rules! Or, Before the word is totally useless, what is the essence of hacking? published October 4, 2002 in O’Reilly Media On the tenth anniversary of Def Con, the annual Las Vegas meeting of computer hackers, security professionals, and others, I reflected on how the con – and hacking – had changed since […]

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Hacking Chinatown

July 12, 2002

Hacking Chinatown By Richard Thieme “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.” Those are the last words of the movie “Chinatown,” just before the police lieutenant shouts orders to the crowd to clear the streets so the body of an innocent woman, murdered by the Los Angeles police, can be removed. “Chinatown,” with Jack Nicholson as Jake […]

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Child’s Play

April 3, 2001

Games Engineers Play was one of the first Islands-in-the-Clickstream columns I wrote. In it I observed that a society socializes its young through games, teaching them through play the attitudes and skills we want them to have. Those of us who have grown to middle age through the current technological revolution have learned to partner […]

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Hactivism and Soul Power

November 21, 2000

The danger with taking the moral high ground is that, once you take it, you no longer have it. Saul Alinksy, a great community organizer, was committed to delivering power into the hands of the powerless. He worked to create structures that would shift the flow toward the dispossessed. He was an engineer of the […]

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The Magic is in the Mix

September 1, 2000

The Magic is in the Mix SEPTEMBER 2000/NEWS&VIEWS Information Security Magazine BY RICHARD THIEME NEWS Nearly 6,000 multi-generational hackers, crackers, corporate security gurus, intelligence officers, journalists, corporate recruiters, federal officials and scene junkies flocked to Las Vegas in late July for two security conferences: The 8th Annual Def Con, held at the Alexis Park Hotel  […]

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In Defense of Hacking

March 11, 2000

The following article was published in the Village Voice, February 16 – 22, 2000 and the LA Weekly under the title “Hacking the Future.” Let’s get our definitions straight. Last week’s attacks on dozens of Web sites were not the work of hackers. They were the work of script kiddies, and the difference is everything. […]

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In Defense of Hacking: The Director’s Cut

February 20, 2000

In Defense of Hacking by Richard Thieme Computer hackers are a prototype of twenty-first century humanity. Real hackers, that is. Real hackers embody the attitudes, skills, mind-sets, and realized possibilities that the digital world makes possible and rewards. Hackers reveal the kind of multi-dimensional thinking an information society demands – one in which all of […]

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Designing the Future

October 11, 1999

Designing the Future by Richard Thieme Former hackers are designing the landscape of the future. Once shaped by their interaction with a technology that now defines the global business environment, they illuminate the contours of that landscape for business and government clients. But do hackers provide more value than traditional security consultants? If so, what […]

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Knowledge, Obsession, Daring

December 26, 1998

The best of times, the worst of times. Governments prepare for the worst, ramping up toward New Year’s Eve 2000 and the dislocations expected at the ticking of the millennial clock. And yet … so many of my colleagues, out of nowhere, have recently said: “I can’t believe I’m paid to do this for a […]

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