Why we should love hackers and how we stop damaging privacy and security
Organised as part of Heriot-Watt University’s Explorathon event
What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘computer hacker’? A malicious tech-savvy criminal mastermind infiltrating computer systems? A geeky kid in their bedroom trying to break into government computer systems? Agents of a foreign governments attacking UK institutions?
In this virtual roundtable, we will unpick and challenge stereotypes and suggest why we should love hackers*. We will explore how attempts by UK policing and security agencies to protect us online might work against this aim, damaging our security and privacy. These issues affect everyone, given the wealth of information held about us online – and the growing presence of cyber-attacks and surveillance in our everyday lives.
Dr Shane Horgan, Edinburgh Napier University, Yanna Papadodimitraki, University of Leeds, Dr Sarah Anderson, Edinburgh Napier University, Dr Ben Collier, University of Edinburgh
*Hacker: An expert or enthusiast of any kind. In our case a person who enjoys exploring computer systems and coding, pushing the limits of their capabilities (see The New Hacker’s Dictionary).