Wednesday, April 20, 2011
vatican kudos for hackers, no dispensation for computer crackers
from cosmos tv: It's not often that hackers and cybercriminals get the blessing from the Catholic Church. In fact, it’s pretty much never happened before and has many people scratching their heads. What are we taking about? Jesuit priest Father Antonio Spadaro wrote in the Vatican magazine Civilta Cattolica that hackers are doing God’s work. Yes, this is not a post-April Fool’s Day joke. According to this CBS News article, the hacker ethic of embracing a rejection of a profit-oriented approach to work is appealing. “It’s a vision that is … of a clear theological origin,” Spadaro wrote, alluding to their collaborative vision of sharing – a philosophy he said was embodied by the Wikipedia model. Well, perhaps when we say giving cybercriminals their blessing; that may be a bit extreme. Father Spadaro is clearly touting the benefit of openness, creativity and collaboration and sites Wikipedia as a prime example.