Elazari, a cybersecurity expert, talks about the growth of hackers from being cyberpunk protagonists to being a kind of anonymous vigilante. She talks about the unintentional good that hackers are causing by pointing out the weaknesses in internet security so that a stronger, healthier deterrent can be built.
They just can’t see something broken in the world and leave it be. They are compelled to either exploit it or try and change it, and so they find the vulnerable aspects in our rapidly changing world. They make us, they force us to fix things or demand something better, and I think we need them to do just that, because after all, it is not information that wants to be free, it’s us.