grelmar - 12:16 pm on Dec 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
it's just odd to see hackers standing up for freedom of speech
Ummm... Say what? As someone who came out of the 80's hacker culture, I just can't let that stand.
Hacking, at it's core, is about openness. It's about taking something apart to find out how it works, learning, freeing the information inside.
What the word has become associated with since then is an abomination - breaking things for the sake of breaking them is vandalism, not hacking. Stealing corporate/private data for profit is theft, not hacking.
Grabbing information that would otherwise be hidden and releasing it to the wider world so that others may learn... That is the very core of true hacking.
I can't say I agree with what Assange has done - he has put lives at risk through his arrogance, carelessness, and blunt tactics. At the same time, I'm glad that even though I long ago was absorbed into the system (Wife, children, a mortgage and all the responsibility that goes along with it can do that to a fellow), I'm deeply moved by the fact that there are still people willing to take up the torch.
Assange is a sociopathic turd with an agenda. Anonymous are childish pranksters with a penchant for vandalism. And in spite of themselves, they have reminded us of things we should quietly fight for daily:
The freedom to speak. The freedom to know. The right to stand up against the wealthy and powerful and be viewed as equals in a society we like to believe is governed by the Rule of Law.