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Hackers Ethics & History

“We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access. With enough of us, around the world, we'll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we'll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?” - Aaron Swartz

General history and philosophy


“It is hard to write a simple definition of something as varied as hacking, but I think what these activities have in common is playfulness, cleverness, and exploration. Thus, hacking means exploring the limits of what is possible, in a spirit of playful cleverness. Activities that display playful cleverness have “hack value”.”

Good reads

  • SHARING Culture and the economy in the Internet Age, Philippe Aigrain
More by / About Julian Assange and WikiLeaks
  • Visit Challenge Power a supporters wiki documenting the work of Julian Assange and Wikileaks, the political persecution against them, the historical case Julian Assange & WikiLeaks VS USA & their crimes, as well as resources for fighting against JA's extradition to the US.

Videos, Films

  • WikiLeaks lockdown list “The WikiLeaks official Don’t Extradite Assange campaign announces an online film festival – The WikiLeaks Lockdown List. Our contribution to those who are following medical advice and self-isolating due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The WikiLeaks Lockdown List contains free films and talks you can watch to learn more about WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, whistleblowing, activism and seeking justice.”

Political persecution of hackers-activists, whistleblowers, journalists

hackersethics.txt · Last modified: 2020/05/04 15:02 by hwc