The term “hacker” is notoriously slippery. Paula Bialski dives into the practices and micropolitics of self-proclaimed non-hackers
GhostSec engaged in vigilante counter-terrorism against ISIS. Robert Tynes explores whether this makes them part of the state, part of civil society, or part of empire.
Should we have privacy for the weak and transparency for the powerful? Sarah Myers West reminds us that we’ve been agonizing over this question since at least the 1990s, when the cypherpunks first started discussing it.
What is the speed of hacking? Luca Follis and Adam Fish explore the temporality of hacking and leaking in the cases of Snowden, the DNC leaks and the Lauri Love case.
Finn Brunton explores the dream of the perfect leak, and what a science fiction story can tell us about the state of truth today.
Can hackers be certified? Rebecca Slayton looks at efforts to blend, certify and market the subversive skills of hacking with the ethos of professionalism.
Are bureaucracies defensible? Nils Gilman, Jesse Goldhammer, and Steven Weber explore the Office of Personnel Management hack, and what it tells us about the inherent vulnerabilities of bureaucratic organizations in a digital age.
Check this space regularly for updates. We will be posting lots more here over the coming weeks in February and March!