Tag: hacking

This is a question which Zeynep Tufekci recalls in her Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, posed to a group of young Turkish activists about 140journos, a crowdsourced citizen journalism project which they started. As she writes on pg 37: In Turkey, like much of the Mediterranean, there is a tradition […]

From Countdown to Zero Day, by Kim Zetter, loc 1000-1018: When Chien joined Symantec, antivirus researchers were like the Maytag repairman in those iconic ads— they had a lot of downtime. Viruses were still rare and tended to spread slowly via floppy disks and the “sneaker net”— carried from one computer to another by hand. […]

I noticed this in the foyer of Warwick’s sociology department this morning. I’d read about military recruitment of hackers in the US but hadn’t realized how widespread this co-option of hacking had become. I think it’s interesting to see the invocation of ‘hacking’ as part of the institutionalisation of data science in light of this […]