The Media focuses on one tiny part of hacking, “cracking” as White Hats like to call it, and labels it Hacking. The general population’s mental image of hackers follows suit.
Hacking isn’t about breaking into computer systems, stealing digital things or causing mayhem on the internet. Hacking is exploring. Hacking is creating. Hacking is diving deep into the essence of something in order to understand it. The act of hacking is more akin to playfulness, cleverness, and exploration, not violating the bits of a computer or network.
Hacking isn’t wrong, bad, or illegal. It shouldn’t be frowned upon or mistrusted. It should be encouraged. Hacking is curiosity at play. Hacking is learning. Hacking is breaking down limitations and going beyond them.
And it certainly isn’t isolated to computers and software.
Thanks to Scott over at PenguinSpark for his work organizing the event.