From the Internet Society of Washington, DC's official announcement:
The term "hacker" is often used pejoratively. In reality, a hacker is someone who finds a clever and creative solution to a programming problem. Hacker culture typically advocates free and open source software and community based thinking. Malevolent hackers or "crackers" or "black hats," are the ones that we need to worry about. Thus, the distinction between white hat and black hat hackers.
HacDC is a community organization in DC dedicated to the collaborative use of technology. HacDC is part of a global trend in amateur engineering clubs that have come to be known as hackerspaces Centered on physical locations that function as shared workshops, these spaces support makers whose work bridges the realms of art and technology and who share a passion for putting old technology to new and creative purposes.
Join us at HacDC for a spirited discussion about Cyber Security and other pressing Internet Issues. Learn more about security from the hacker’s point of view. How do their goals and values affect their perspectives, and how does this impact the Internet?
Leaders of this discussion:
- Chirag Patel, Senior IT Specialist and Security Analyst at the Supreme Court of the United States.
- Stan Pendergrass, Naval Capabilities Analyst for the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy. Doctoral Candidate in the School of Communications and Information Systems at Robert Morris University.
- The Doctor, member of HacDC, one of the core developers of Project Byzantium, consulting agent of the hacktivist group Telecomix. Helped instruct dissidents during the Arab Spring, disseminate media recorded by protestors in Syria, investigate network anomalies, and analyze open source intelligence information. Member and project manager for the Zero State.
Time: 6 – 8 pm EST5EDT
Location: HacDC, 1525 Newton Street NW, Washington, DC