What is a hacker? Unfortunately the term has taken on a negative connotation recently. Most people think of the hacker is a nefarious individual (or individuals) breaking into computer systems, stealing credit cards and/or identities. Hacker originally meant someone who was skilled in understanding technolgy, taking it apart, modifying it and making it perform in new and improved ways. What most people think of hackers are actually “crackers” in the sense they crack into systems maliciously often destroying files. Be aware that some of our most creative, innovative tech pioneers were once hackers. Such as Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Mark Zuckerberg and far too many to mention. Fear not the hacker!
I am a geek and I think I’ve been a geek most of my life. Just didn’t know it. “The word geek is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people; in current use, the word typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit, with a general pejorative meaning of a “peculiar person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual, unfashionable, or socially awkward”… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geek
People may joke that others spend too much time on the internet, but this intricate series of tubes has become an important part of everyday life—so much so that it’s become a human rights violation to take it away.That’s according to the United Nations Human Rights Council, which passed a non-binding resolution in June that condemns countries that intentionally take away or disrupt its citizens’ internet access… gizmodo.com
The European Parliament voted Thursday (10/30/2015) in support of a resolution that calls on member states to protect Edward Snowden from extradition.The vote, which has no legal force, was 285-281. The resolution urges nations to drop criminal charges and “consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender.”…cnn.com
As a movement crystallizes around the future of the Internet, more than 35 human rights and technology organizations from 19 countries have come together as a new coalition to define and protect the idea of ‘net neutrality’ as they lead what they say is a global battle to protect the Open Internet and online freedom… mintpresssnews.com
Welcome to the world’s first open contest to celebrate excellence and beauty in data visualizations,infographics and information art… informationisbeautifulawards.com