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commit: 55914c4fc513db006dcb95fbed6e2d0358347a50
parent: dc83bb57128d2fd6f5431a63d477740ebbb6a8e1
author: Chris Noxz <>
date:   Tue, 4 Apr 2023 14:19:54 +0200
revise text relating to the definition of hacker
1 file changed, 24 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
diff --git a/ b/
@@ -24,7 +24,7 @@ tend to gather in small, tight-knit, very secretive groups that have little
 overlap with the huge, open poly-culture this lexicon describes; though
 crackers often like to describe themselves as hackers, most true hackers
 consider them a separate and lower form of life. See
-.URL "jargon file"
+.URL "jargon file" .
 .LI "hacker:"
 .TAG "hacker"
@@ -35,7 +35,29 @@ the minimum necessary.
 the Internet Users' Glossary, usefully amplifies this as: A person who delights
 in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system,
 computers and computer networks in particular. See
-.URL "jargon file"
+.URL "jargon file" .
+The focus on security is a more recent development in the hacker culture.
+Initially, hackers focused on exploring and understanding the capabilities and
+limitations of computer systems, and pushing the boundaries of what was possible
+with technology. Over time, as the importance of computer security became more
+apparent, many hackers turned their attention to security-related issues, and
+the term "hacker" came to be associated more with those who sought to find
+vulnerabilities in computer systems in order to improve security, rather than
+those who simply enjoyed exploring technology. However, the hacker culture
+remains centered around the idea of using creative problem-solving and a deep
+understanding of technology to push the boundaries of what is possible.
+Media's portrayal of the stereotypical hacker as a criminal has led to a
+misconception of what hacking really means. Hacking is not inherently criminal,
+and hackers can be individuals who explore and experiment with technology in a
+creative and ethical way. What hacking is used for is determined by the
+individual, and do not forget, what is deemed criminal is determined by those
+who exert power. By allowing a community to define itself rather than being
+defined by outsiders, we can foster a culture of autonomy and respect. This
+applies not only to the hacker community but to all communities. Allowing
+individuals to define themselves promotes diversity and a deeper understanding
+of different cultures, as well as promoting self-expression and autonomy.
 .LI "hacker ethic:"
 .TAG "hacker_ethic"