The ethics of the hacker taggers : the new generation of hackers
Warren, Matthew 2008, The ethics of the hacker taggers : the new generation of hackers, in ETHICOMP 2008 : Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on the Social and Ethical Impacts of Information and Communication Technology, University of Pavia, Mantova, Italy.
ETHICOMP 2008 : Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on the Social and Ethical Impacts of Information and Communication Technology
University of Pavia
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In the contemporary world, the latter interpretation is by far the more common (although persons belonging to the former category of hacker would seek to more accurately define the latter group, particularly those with a malicious intent, as ‘crackers’). Hackers are by no means a new threat and have routinely featured in news stories during the last two decades. Indeed, they have become the traditional ‘target’ of the media, with the standard approach being to present the image of either a ‘teenage whiz kid’ or an insidious threat. In reality, it can be argued that there are different degrees of the problem. Donn Parker (Parker, 1976) highlighted that the individuals involved in computer crime in the 1960’s and 1970’s were employed as key punch operators or clerks in EDP organisations and the crimes were crimes of opportunity. In the 1980’s with the development of cheaper home microcomputers and modems, a new generation of younger computer users emerged. One of the features of this younger group was a keen interest in the technologies that lead to the development of hackers.
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080609 Information Systems Management
Socio Economic Objective
899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified
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E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed