White-hat-ethic meaning

A philosophy formulated in the Computer Underground in the 1960s, it includes two key principles: (1) that access to computers or to something that might teach people about the how the wired (and now wireless) world works should be free; and (2) that all information should be free. Schell, B.H., Dodge, J.L., with S.S. Moutsatsos. The Hacking of America: Who’s Doing It, Why, and How. Westport, CT: Quorum Books, 2002.
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