We are living in an age where the digital resistance is at its prime. From phone phreaking to WikiLeaks to Edward Snowden, Hackers have opened our eyes to privacy breaches and an information flow that are slowly becoming more and more free.
Although the stigma towards hackers isn’t too great, people still respect the fact that they are exposing fundamental flaws in our society. The more information the hackers unveil, the more people respect them.
Furthermore, we have come to the point where hacking is considered an art. Like any painter, musician or actor, their art is derived from passion. Artists have a message they communicate that through their works and hackers are much the same. They find holes in the system in order to build a better one.
Whether a white hat (good) hacker or a black hat (bad) hacker, both serve a purpose and both are inextricably connected to the distribution and free flow of information.