Byron Sonne's #G20 Arrest is Mere Steps Away From Being an International Sensation

#Politics

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Great story on Now about the arrest of Byron Sonne, who has yet to be released yet it isn't exactly clear what he is being accused of.

The Free Byron Sonne campaign could become a worldwide cause célèbre, and the case a landmark of sorts in the history of internet culture and law.

Or it could just remain another casualty of one of society's most misunderstood tribes: the tribe of the hacker.

The tribe in question here, of course, is that of the hacker. Sonne was, in every sense of the word, a hacker. And that?s what separates his case from the hundreds of others arrested or detained during G20.

Hackers poke holes in society's structures. Those holes are then sealed up once they?ve been exposed. It's a service that protects rather than harms. Like journalists, hackers are in the business of finding a vulnerability in the system, publicizing it so that no one actually gets hurt. Or like tax lawyers, who find loopholes in tax law only to have the government close them up the next year.

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