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Gabriella Coleman – Open-Source Hackers: Geeks or Influencers?

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Episode 179
February 14, 2013
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Who are hackers, and what does hacking mean for our broader community? You’ve likely heard a lot about hackers releasing information, but you may have heard less about who hackers are. Hearsay Culture discussed with Professor Gabriella Coleman about her surprise findings when she studied the open-source hacker community in 2013. Expecting to find hackers with the “geek” stereotype,  instead she discovered a broad demographic of individuals: diverse personality types, interests, and national backgrounds. By understanding hackers in 2013 we better understand this influential technical community and their impact on society.

What is Open Source?: Open source is code that is accessible to the public, allowing it to be modified by anyone.

“Geeks and hackers are [a] really, really important cohort of actors who are actually working in very interesting political and legal ways to try to ensure that civil liberties stay alive online.” – Gabriella Coleman

“A piece of knowledge, unlike a piece of physical property, can be shared by large groups of people without making anybody poorer.” – Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz was an important member of the open source community as the co-founder of Creative Commons and Reddit, and creator of RSS (Really Simple Syndication).

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Professor Gabriella Coleman

Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University
Gabriella Coleman is an anthropologist, whose work focuses on the politics, cultures, and ethics of hacking. She is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University, and the author of Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking and award-winning Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous. Coleman is currently working on a book of essays about hackers and the state.
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Dave Levine is the founder and host of Hearsay Culture. He is a Professor at Elon University School of Law and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society (Stanford Law School). From 2014-2017, he was a Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is also the co-author of Information Law, Governance, and Cybersecurity (West 2019). A regular contributor to Slate, Dave has been published in leading newspapers, websites, and academic journals in the US and EU.

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