Hackers and Hacking
Hollywood depictions of hackers are all white men in hoodies staring at glowing screens, but in the real world, hackers come in all shapes and sizes. And while popular culture tends to focus on hackers breaking into systems or stealing data, there’s also a huge variety of interests and motivations at work in why and what hackers really do. What unites all hackers is a curiosity about how computers systems and networks work. Some hackers work solo, others in big corporations, government or the military. Some hackers use their skills to do harm while others hack to help society at large.
How might we help people understand all the different kinds of people who see themselves as “hackers,” the various motivations that drive them, and the wide variety of “hacking” that they do?