Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

The Crackdown on Hackers Is the New War on Drugs

Hanni Fakhoury, in an editorial for Wired:

This is not to say that “anything goes” online or that crimes should go unpunished. But we need to question whether locking people up for long periods of time — without addressing the root concerns about concentrated political power, civil liberties abuses, and transparency — will have the effect of deterrence or worse yet, a hardened cynicism that perpetuates the endless cycle of punishment. That’s true of even non-politically motivated cybercrime, or really, all crime … whether it involves a computer or not.