HMI760. Cultures of programming hackers, crackers and open source, 5p
|Instructor||Daniel Pargman, email@example.com|
|Prerequisites||None beyond what is specified in below (see Other).|
|Goals||This Ph.D. course will give an introduction to different aspects
of the hacker culture.
The hacker culture stretches back to the early days of general-purpose computers some 45 years ago and it has in the subsequent decades morphed and changed in different directions.
One of those directions is using computer skills to break into computer systems and/or commit crimes cracking.
With the emergence of open source software most notably the Linux operating system hackers and hacker culture has during the last decade gained a renewed prominence in the eyes of the business world and of the larger public.
A better understanding of the hacker culture what it is, where it comes from, what motivates people within it and what effects it has had will help us gain insights not only to the history of computing, but also of what is happening right now and what will happen in computing in the near future.
|Content||The course will be given in the form of 10 weekly seminars
(each three hours long) during the fall of 2003 (October to December) plus
a final seminar in January 2004.
Each seminar will treat a specific subject (hacker origins, the hacker ethic, hackers versus engineers, crackers and the dark side of hacking, the hacker mindset, open source software etc.).
The literature for each seminar will generally vary between 75-100 pages.
Each course participant is expected to read the literature before each seminar and actively contribute to the discussion.
Each course participant will take responsibility for presenting one text and leading a discussion around it once during the course.
Each course participant will write an essay in the course (se examination below).
The main textbook is:
Course participants will also read a selection of articles/book chapters (see examples below) as well as some social science texts (mainly from psychology, sociology and anthropology).
Examination will be based on:
The course is limited to a maximum of 15 students. Also students from
beyond KTH/NADA are encouraged to apply to the course and this includes
students from other universitites and students from the social sciences.
Undergraduate students with relevant expericences are welcome to apply
but Ph.D. students have priority to take the course.
Do note that the applications will be distributed among the course participants so we can get to know each other better as the course starts!