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The hacker crackdown : law and disorder on the electronic frontier (original 1992; edition 1993)

by Bruce Sterling

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Title:The hacker crackdown : law and disorder on the electronic frontier
Authors:Bruce Sterling
Info:London : Viking, 1993
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The Hacker Crackdown: Law And Disorder On The Electronic Frontier by Bruce Sterling (1992)

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Glad I read it. A real nostalgia trip. A bit rambly in places and probably not best read on an e-reader due to several large excerpts from reports. However, a good record of some interesting times in the early days of the Internet (early for the lay public, that is). ( )
  ballfresno | Apr 4, 2013 |
Saggio sugli eventi che hanno interessato la cultura hacker negli anni '90 in America. Chiaro e ben esposto è diviso in 4 parti (Crashing the System, The Digital Underground, Law and Order, The Civil Libertarians) che danno una idea complessiva del problema e delle entità in gioco.
In alcuni punti può risultare piuttosto datato essendo l'universo tecnologico/informatico in continua evoluzione.

Disponibile nella versione inglese come e-book gratuito.
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  Saretta.L | Mar 31, 2013 |
Read this many years ago, before I went to grad school. Really interesting and fun read, and got me interesting in the internet.
  bibliosk8er | Aug 14, 2012 |
A true accounting of hacking in the 1990's. It may read a bit like an action SF, but this is history. A must read for all Cyberpunk fans of Sterling. ( )
  sgarnell | Jul 10, 2012 |
Cyberpunk SF author Bruce Sterling does a neat job with this journalistic work, covering the angles from the busted ("hackers" and otherwise), the cops, and the electronic-age civil libertarian movement spawned by the Great Hacker Crackdown of 1990. ( )
  omarius | Feb 5, 2008 |
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This is a book about cops, and wild teenage whiz-kids, and lawyers, and hairy-eyed anarchists, and industrial
technicians, and hippies, and high-tech millionaires, and game hobbyists, and computer security experts, and
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Bruce Sterling's classic work highlights the 1990 assault on hackers, when law-enforcement officials successfully arrested scores of suspected illicit hackers and other computer-based law-breakers. These raids became symbolic of the debate between fighting serious computer crime and protecting civil liberties. However, The Hacker Crackdown is about far more than a series of police sting operations. It's a lively tour of three cyberspace subcultures--the hacker underworld, the realm of the cybercops, and the idealistic culture of the cybercivil libertarians.

Sterling begins his story at the birth of cyberspace: the invention of the telephone. We meet the first hackers--teenage boys hired as telephone operators--who used their technical mastery, low threshold for boredom, and love of pranks to wreak havoc across the phone lines. From phone-related hi-jinks, Sterling takes us into the broader world of hacking and introduces many of the culprits--some who are fighting for a cause, some who are in it for kicks, and some who are traditional criminals after a fast buck. Sterling then details the triumphs and frustrations of the people forced to deal with the illicit hackers and tells how they developed their own subculture as cybercops. Sterling raises the ethical and legal issues of online law enforcement by questioning what rights are given to suspects and to those who have private e-mail stored on suspects' computers. Additionally, Sterling shows how the online civil liberties movement rose from seemingly unlikely places, such as the counterculture surrounding the Grateful Dead. The Hacker Crackdown informs you of the issues surrounding computer crime and the people on all sides of those issues.

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