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Open Call From Zearle

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feverdream: I regret to step in like this, but you are off-topic, borderline troll.

Thank you for proving my point. People will always resort to personal attacks and fallacy when they have no logic or truth to use.

While you may have some valid points, why are you making them here and now?

Because he asked me to. Read his appeal to "the community" again if you missed it.

Notice StankDawg, who stepped in to try to things up, get it back on track, and did it very concisely.

I have no idea what his intention was. From my standpoint Stank was trying to make a point about evil and a persons absolute ability to be a part of something without supporting it... just as I was.

You should look at that list as well; You used a lot of them in your reply.

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Sorry for the lapse. Back on track. Fever Dream and all, here is what is needed. Just 5-15 minutes or whatever time you have. I appreciate it greatly. As usual, a student does not manage time the greatest, so after disappearing for a month and having my brain-dead-late-night posts ripped to shreds by a rhetoric/logic master, if you could make haste in your replies. I would owe you (more). Counting on Fever Dream to supply something good, and any one else. Please feel free to use your MO/AKA/Cyber-identity or whatever makes you comfortable. Thanks again folks.

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Here is the open letter from my brother:

First I should say that I was excited to read all of the responses to Zearle’s post. To tap into this complex/radical/revolutionary community, to begin this dialog has become the fist step in fulfilling my project. I am sorry to have let so much time lapse since that first call to cooperation, unfortunately I have been consumed in my alternative studies, just trying to survive. But now I’m back, and am hoping to pick up where I left off.

I have already begun to review the available literature on the subject, where it does exist, and am disappointed by it. Too many authors and researchers have failed to correctly understand the strength, adaptability, sheer numbers and future implications of this social movement that is lead by the best among us—those visionaries who have sacrificed the time and energy to break the chains that have imprisoned information and technology—sanctioned it from the mass or general population. This is only in the rare case that there is mention of it at all! For most of the literature, I can only apologize for the academic communities’ apparent ignorance on this subject matter. They are short sighted, and exist and maneuver in somewhat of a vacuum of so-called “intellectual” banter and mimicry.

They, although part of my peer group, have lost the meaning and implication of the incredible movement which has only now begun to encroach into the mass and popular attention/mind. They will soon understand, as I believe the world will soon come to know what it is each one of you individually contribute to, and are now molding/shaping into what will soon be normative and common behavior and beliefs. I hope that with your help we will hasten this transformation and acceptance of what will come.

However, like many of you, I am not looking for personal glory and benefit. I simply want to aid the cause, to join this massive burgeoning movement alongside my heroes. I intend to give the credit where it is due, to spotlight to the true movement leaders and participants. I think the time has come.

I should also say that it is my intention to publish the end results of this project, both in relevant sociological journals and publications as well as the eventual publication of a book which I would like to be an open source project—written and edited by all of those who contribute. I think the technique of open sourcing is something that should be applied to all ethnographic projects—since they rely so heavily on the input and cooperation of those who serve as the subjects themselves. These “subjects” after all are the talent and deserve recognition beyond that of the lab rat!

In this way, ethnographers have only themselves benefited from the information/knowledge handed to them by the people who choose to let them study them. In the spirit of the movement which I intend to research, I would like to change this; I don’t want to pretend that I could have undertaken such a project without the essential help of those of you who will essentially carry me to the finish line. Again, feel free to comment.

Demographics, something that deeply concern most ethnographies, appear to me to be somewhat of a problem. I feel uncomfortable asking these questions to you as I want to maintain the anonymity of all who feel obliged/compelled to respond/contribute. I would love to show some diversity in the movement, that it is not as homogeneous today as it once was. However, demographic questions are less important to me in the end.

What is of interest to me, or an area where I would like to begin is to attempt to define a social movement, cohesion, and cooperative commitment to a set of shared ideals, political and ideological identity.

I would like to hear from all of the various contributors to this movement, both big and small, from the hackers, crackers, rippers, couriers, etc. Should you decide to respond to my call for help, please specify your particular place/position or function.

1. What exactly do you do to contribute to this revolutionary and seemingly unstoppable social movement? How do you participate? Again, I am interested in all contributions.

2. Why? What are your political or personal incentives?

3. Do you feel as though you are part of a social movement, a body of people who share your political and Personal aspirations and possibly goals/visions of the future?

Brother of the struggle & Zearle,

Z2

Edited by digitaldawgs
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I'll help with what I can

bigbrother1984 {at} cox.net

Keep up the good music man.

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I emailed ya too the other night (I was the one with the attached PDF.)

Here's hoping for lots of submissions! :)

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Zearle,

It's an honor man. My buddy Nemisis first played that song for me and it blew my mind. We were driving around, and wouldn't you know, I was wardriving, discussing the culture and where it's going. So, what do I see as the direction hackers are taking the world? It's simple. Keeping a balance. We've all heard the phrase "you can make it, we can hack it." But these days, we face some insurmountable odds. RFID threatens to take away all personal freedom, the threat of operating systems built with intentional vulnerabilities for law enforcement to come and go as they please and the new era of the expansion of the federal pen registry is just a small list of challenges we face.

Bloggers are being arrested for excercising their first ammendment rights. Websites that share knowledge like the old BBSs are considered traders of illicit knowledge. People can't hide anymore online. So what's our job? We have to be always on top of things. If they want to sweep our computers, track our files, we have to send out decoys. If they want to read our email messages with the intent of picking out "terrorist" patterns, it's our job to have signatures with trigger words in them. If they want to force RFID on people, we need to offer means to obfuscate and protect RFID data.

The widespread use of technology has left a new wake of robber barons with the richer getting richer and the poorer getting poorer. Big business thrives off of countries where the technology to make the medicine or learn the things they need to survive is scarce, so they can sell their wares at top dollar, maximizing misery and profit margin. As a response, the hacker community has developed multiple open source projects to bring affordable, durable, wifi enabled laptops to countries in poverty to bridge the lack of education. Hackers are writing open source code to make sure no one gets left behind.

Another problem we face is the enlsavement of people to machines they don't understand. Too many people spend all day in the cubicle, pecking away at a computer screen they don't understand. In another thread on this forum, I posted a series of images of kiosks and other digital assistants gone wrong, and the confusion that happens when these don't work the way the masses expect. We have a society where in order to get anywhere at all, you must have a computer. In order to obtain a computer, you must have a job. In order to have a job, you need experience with computers. So how to books fly off the shelves. People maximize on the naiivety of others. The hacker's job here is to teach those who don't understand the box. We show them the full extent they can use these machines. Turn their silicon chains into tools to fight the system they're so heavily entrenched in. When workers at an office understand how a blackberry works, maybe they don't have to be tied to them like dog collars. If the employees are smarter than the employers, then a true meritocracy can emerge.

Just a few thoughts.

- alienbinary

PA1N Magazine, EIC

alienbinary@pa1n.org

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i appreciate the efforts you're putting in. let me know if you need anything.

verbal [at] smashedstacks [dot] net

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Sharing something you didn't create, and according to the law anyways, is not yours to share. This is not the equivilant as sharing something you created, and I don't think it would be a good thing if open source became the moral equivalent of piracy.

The thing is I don't consider it to be morally wrong at all. I do consider trying to avoid some one sharing something that can benefict society in general in any away to be morally wrong.

The only difference I see between open source and closed source is not the one you mention but a difference between the content authors on one side and another. Open source creators share, closed source/proprieatary/paid content creators do not and fight that sharing. That's the difference I see.

Anyway, this discussion doesn't seem apropriate in here. This is my opinion and nothing more than that. It is open to discussion if you feel the need for it, on some place probably more apropriate for it.

Cheers

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