Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
"Hacker" is a term with many contested connotations. The hacker is a criminal for some, a narrowly-focused technological adept for others, and a hero resisting oppression for others still. This class will investigate the cultural, historical, and philosophical significance of hackers and hacking. We will read accounts of the early hacking communities at MIT and elsewhere, critical theory developed from the practices of hacking communities, and economic and legal work explaining the possible implications of hacking for markets and politics. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in the process of technological improvisation and reappropriation that typify the practice of hacking by building an original piece of computer hardware based on the Arduino microcontroller.
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