The Hacker Ethic

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The Hacker Ethics, orginally inspired by the MIT Tech Model Railway Club (TMRC) and their famous creative and roguish escapades using the IBM 704 in 1959. Further defined by the numerous other hackers over the last 55 years and finally formally suggested by Steven Levy in the book Hackers: Heroes of the computer revolution are as follows.

  • Access to Technology – and anything which might teach you something about the way the world works – should be unlimited and total. Always yield to the Hands-On Imperative!
  • All information should be free.
  • Mistrust Authority – Promote Decentralization.
  • Hackers should be judged by their hacking, not bogus criteria such as degrees, age, race, or position.
  • You can create art and beauty on a computer.
  • Technology can change your life for the better.

With these ideas you really can change the world.

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