hacker ethic

Hacker ethic is a term for the moral values and philosophy that are common in hacker culture. In other words, those who possess positive hacker ethic acknowledge that sharing information and data responsibly is very beneficial and helpful.


In the project AI AI Barbie we design new frameworks for responsible use of AI in toys with parents, children and experts from different disciplines.


What is the effect of algorithms on our society? Intern Mark van Koningsveld did research with Tinder chatbots that put users in a box.


Henk from Waag tells why we need more hackers and people with the hacker attitude. Teaching this to kids is a good start, he explains.


An overview of fragments, with a short description, as chosen by Marleen Stikker for the third episode of VPRO Zomergasten of 2018.


Waag was at SHA2017: the hacker event in the Netherlands. How was it and what were the highlights?


It is held every four years, each time under a different name: a unique Dutch hacker camp. This year's edition is called SHA (Still Hacking Anyway) and is taking place in Flevoland (Zeewolde). With'TSJA2017: Technopolitics Village' Waag participates in the programme.



What the Hack?

Hackathons, as in ‘condensed timeframes were programmers come together to collectively or individually achieve something out of the ordinary’ (a more comprehensive definition can be found on Wikipedia) have existed for decades, but became wildly popular after the 2008 Apps for Democracy contest in Washington.


In Hamburg, I learned about hacks for every piece of digital technology that I use. While sitting in the train back home, I tried to sort out the massive amount of overwhelming information, revelations and insights that were presented to me at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress (#30C3).