During my graduate studies, I spoke with an anthropology professor, who explained his paradigm of cultures. In her view there are expending societies, maintaining societies, and creating societies. While it is difficult to categorize an entire society in a single term, humans evolved into modernity by developing social ideals.
Hacker communities are no different. From the social and techno justice conglomerate known as Anonymous to the state-sponsored espionage groups, to the ransom-ware syndicates, hackers exhibit a broad range of ethics.
But combine the hacker ethic with the ideal of the commons and it is easy to envision a creating society. Technic, aka Technologia Incognita, is such a society. Their collective embraces a hacker ethic complementary to the emerging commons ideal.
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Technologia Incognita is a hackerspace in Amsterdam.
We are a collective of people who creates a space where people can meet each other, exchange ideas, learn learn, work and have fun together, we try to run and organise this space as a collective from a DIY-perspective.
Our group at the moment consists mostly of IT profesionals, freelancers, consultants, artists, students with some overlap other fields aswell. “Hacking” for us is a passion, a hobby and a dream. Our current interests seem to focus on computer hard-&software, fabrics&clothing, electronics, security&privacy, hacktivism, physical production such as 3d-printing and DIY in general. Most projects get documented on our here: Projects Wikipage
We have a vereniging as a legal body with a small board of around 7 members who handle the regular bureaucracy and around 80-90 members who organise, run and pay for the space in general.
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A hackerspace is a place where people with a technically creative spirit gather to work on projects or to talk. During this open day, it is possible to see some examples of hacking projects and see what happens in a hackerspace.
Some examples of activities are:
* Learning how websites, networks and other computer-based systems can be vulnerable to attackers and what can be done about this.
* Programming electronics and microcontrollers like the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi microcomputer. Hackers can show you how these can be used to build CNC milling, laser cutters, 3D printers, home automation, clocks, pick&place machines or autonomous robots.
* The use of 3D printers, for example to develop a jaw prosthesis, keys to copied from a picture, or a broken part to replace a household appliance.
* Discuss the use of personal data by companies or the government and the effects of this on our privacy and other aspects of society.
* There are also different presentations in hackerspaces of individual projects carried out in there.
Hackers find ethics an important subject, and distinguish themselves from cyber criminals by a strong sense of ethical behavior. During the open-hackerspaces-day it will be explained how hackers contribute to a better world by looking with fresh eyes to society, technology and organizations, and how they share their knowledge with the community. Additionally hackerspaces are also places where people are welcome who just make beautiful things and can find common space, tools, like-minded and can find inspiration. This can be in many forms from jigsaws to artisan smiths, to biohacking, or to molecular cooking.