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Posted Aug 17, 1999

The Hackers Ethic

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                                                The Hacker's Ethic

Sadly, due to the traditional ignorance and sensationalizing of the mass media, the once-noble term hacker has become
a perjorative. Among true computer people, being called a hacker is a compliment. One of the traits of the true hacker
is a profoundly antibureaucratic and democratic spirit. That spirit is best exemplified by the Hacker's Ethic. This ethic
was best formulated by Steven Levy in his 1984 book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution. Its tenets are as follows:

o Access to computers should be unlimited and total.
o All information should be free.
o Mistrust authority - promote decentralization.
o Hackers should be judged by their hacking not bogus criteria such as degrees, age, race, or position.
o You create art and beauty on a computer.
o Computers can change your life for the better.

The Internet as a whole reflects this ethic.

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