Many people think of hackers as cyber criminals, breaking into computer systems with ill-intent. Though there are plenty of destructive hackers in the world, there have always been people who hack with a different purpose. Some define hacking as “finding creative solutions to technical problems.” To them, hacking means having an exploratory mindset about technology, and a willingness to “get under the hood” to tinker and see what happens. Other groups, like Anonymous, employ more subversive hacking practices to forward social and political causes, embedding a social consciousness into the traditionally murky dark-side of security hacking. Looking beyond the media hype and scare tactics, it is clear that “hacking” is a term whose meaning should be up for debate, and that some hackers could in fact be heroes, and not just villains.

Featuring:
Chris Wiggins, Columbia University
Steven Levy, WIRED
Cole Stryker, Internet Researcher
Evan Korth, NYU

Music
“Running Away” by MegaEnx

“New Problems” by MegaEnx

“Ambient” by Mihai Tuhari
http://www.liquiddnb.com/mix/mihai-tuhari-ambient
“Fortune” by Calibur Music
http://soundcloud.com/caliburmusic/fortune
“Agent 855” by MegaEnx

“Flying Over Water” by MegaEnx

“Goof” by Binarpilot
http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/1125/binaerpilot
“Sakti – Midnight Inspiration” by MMMontageMusic

More Off Book:
The Rise of Webcomics: http://youtu.be/6redB3Xev14
Will 3D Printing Change The World? http://youtu.be/X5AZzOw7FwA
Our video on The Art of Illustration http://youtu.be/ZPQ-8Kty8X4
We celebrated The Rise of Competitive Gaming & E-Sports http://youtu.be/GpO76SkpaWQ
What’s The Deal With Internet Comedy? http://youtu.be/LhmhbjuL2HQ

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