Vectors vs Borders — Post #6

Through my understanding and interpretation of ‘A Hacker Manifesto’ (Wark 2004) I believe that the borders are set out to protect the vectors, which are products of information, and hackers can be considered to be sections of society that want to gain access to this information. The more files we are able to access, the more we want a decrease in regulation, therefore a kind of hacking behaviour is bought about, as people are prepared to illegally cross these regulated borders to gain the information they want.

One who is in the habit of illegally downloading does not stop to think about the borders or regulations they’re wrongly crossing, it is now about democracy and having fair an equal access to information. A classmate who share’s similar beliefs on this notion to me also suggests that people are not thinking about what they are ‘illegally crossing’ so to speak, they are just interested in the information contained in the files they’re accessing. They are in no way setting out to act criminally or to rebel, they simply just want unregulated access.

I agree that hackers do innovate. They lead the way in accessing information that for others may be difficult to access and really, that isn’t harming anyone. The fact that hacking is illegal does not always make it wrong. Hackers push the boundaries and create opportunity for fairness in the information that can be gained, they are active and creative in the way they source their information and whether they know it or not, their actions consequently push for a more democratic social space online.

Yes, there may in fact be borders set in place to create barriers between hackers and the vectors of information, but really what’s the point? It’s proven more and more everyday with the growing numbers of piracy on a global level and more recently in Australia that these borders are easily crossed, and it isn’t such a bad thing either.

McKenzie Wark at The Center for Design and Geopolitics 2012, video, D:GP, 22 March, retrieved 11 September 2014, <>

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