How did we get to state-sponsored hacking? Matt Jones traces the legal authorities and technical capacities that have transformed the power of the nation-state since the 1990s.
What can you do with a Tor exploit? Renée Ridgway discusses an ethical dilemma for security researchers, a surreptitious game of federal investigators, and the state of online anonymity today.
Defense lawyer Tor Ekeland gives us an up-close, first-person view of a widespread pathology: how misplaced fear and hysteria is driving an over-reaction to the positive work that hackers can do.
Limn talks with security expert Mustafa Al-Bassam (a.k.a “tflow”) about the responsibility for information security, the incentive problems it creates and the available solutions.
Security is no longer a privilege of the few, or a commodity in the hands of those few who can afford it. Claudio (“nex”) Guarnieri explains why civil society isn’t going to secure itself, and why it needs help from hackers.
Journalist Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai talks with Limn about the details of the DNC hacks, making sense of leaks, and being a journalist working on hackers today.
Cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter talks with Limn about infrastructure hacking, the DNC hacks, the work of reporting on hackers and much more.
How are hacking and leaking related? Gabriella Coleman introduces us to the “public interest hack” and explains how it emerged.
Not all engineers create equally. Götz Bachmann takes us inside the labs of “radical engineers” and the starkly different futures they imagine for us.
OMG! Hackers take down energy grid! David Murakami Wood and Michael Carter calmly explain the how and why (or why not) of infrastructure hacking today.
Are leaks fast and slow? Does their “illicit aura” matter? Naomi Colvin dives into the debate about leaking and the politics of journalism today.
Philip Di Salvo explores the trading zone between journalism and hacking.
Does the unfiltered, illicit status of a leak change the nature of information? Molly Sauter offers a consideration of the half-life of stolen data.
Sara Tocchetti explores the reusable pasts of hacking and the worn-out productions of biohackers.
Joan Donovan dives into the dumpster of the Internet, and comes up holding some tasty ideas about what “doxing” means today and yesterday.
Philosopher-kings or Fawkes masks? Ashley Gorham explores the truth-telling zeal of WikiLeaks and the lulzy opinions of Anonymous
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!