John Armitage on Tue, 17 Aug 1999 18:45:05 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Hackers: Crime in the Digital Sublime

Hi Nettimers

This just came through on the Cyber Society list. It may be of interest to
some folks? 

best wishes

John Armitage


-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Taylor [] 
Sent: Monday, August 16, 1999 1:53 PM
To: Cyber Society
Subject: Hacker Book

Cyber Society -

Dear All,

My book "Hackers: Crime in the Digital Sublime" is coming out on August
20th published by Routledge.

If it's of interest and you have any questions - please don't hesitate to
contact me. 

cheers for now,


Below is the table of contents and the press release that they've issued ...


Preface: Hacking Culture - the gossamer network
Introduction: Fear, Ignorance & vulnerability - hyping hacking

Chapter 1: The Hawks and the Doves - the contested term
Chapter 2: Hacking Culture
Chapter 3: The motivations of hacking
Chapter 4: The State of the Industry
Chapter 5: Them & Us - the issue of co-operation
Chapter 6: The professionalisation process
Chapter 7: The construction of computer ethics

Conclusion: MIT to Alcatraz?


If you're interested in obtaining a review copy for any journals/magazines
you're connected with could you please contact Routledge's marketing

In the UK its Sarah Carrington (
In the US its Brian Hughes at the New York office (,
Tel: 1-212-244-7840, Fax:


Can we live with hackers?
More importantly, can we live without them?

....Los Angeles, August 8: Kevin Mitnick, 
the FBI's 'most wanted computer criminal' is finally sentenced.

Paul A. Taylor's new book Hackers suggests that this just might be a

Hackers puts forward the case that hackers are not necessarily the
'cyberdemons' they are portrayed as in the media and that rather than
punish them society may actually benefit from co-operation. 

Hackers Crime in the digital sublime

Paul A. Taylor

Price: £45.00 Hardback,  £14.99 Paperback, Simultaneous Edition
Publication Date: 20 August 1999


>From War Games to Johnny Mnemonic, Hollywood loves the Hacker. At least
he [for it's always a he] makes good box office, even if he doesn't always
get the girl.... 

In Hackers: Crime and the Digitally Sublime, Paul A. Taylor looks at the
perennial battle between the computer underground, the security industry
and the 'hacking' as played out in the media. He interviews those on both
sides of the law - computer scientists, security experts and hackers
themselves - about the practicalities, objectives and wider implications
of what they do.

With an interview list looking like the Who's Who of Hackers - from
Mitnick himself to 'the Prestel Hacker' {he's the one who broke into the
Duke of Edinburgh's email...}, Taylor offers the ultimate survey of
hacking today.  Through a series of astonishingly frank interviews Hackers
builds up a revealing and richly sourced account of the debates which
surround this controversial practice, revealing the dangers inherent in
the extremes of unquestioning conciliation or antagonism with which our
society reacts to hacking. Taylor goes on to propose that a new middle way
must be found if we are to make the most of society's high-tech meddlers. 

For further information or to interview Paul Taylor, contact Áine Duffy on
0171 8422117

'A must read for anyone who wants to understand the hacking phenomenon that
has swept the world.'-  Dorothy E. Denning, Georgetown University, USA

'Well written and fun to read.'- Jim Thomas, Editor, Computer Underground

Routledge an imprint of Taylor and Francis Books Ltd., 11 New Fetter Lane,
London, EC4P 4EE
Tel: 0171 583 9855	     Fax: 0171 842 2298     e-mail:   HYPERLINK .....On-line:

Dr Paul A. Taylor
Lecturer in the Sociology of Technology.
University of Salford.

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