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Medieval Hackers calls attention to the use of certain vocabulary terms in the Middle Ages and today: commonness, openness, and freedom. Today we associate this language with computer hackers, some of whom believe that information, from literature to the code that makes up computer programs, should be much more accessible to the general public than it is. In the medieval ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published January 16th 2015 by Punctum Books
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I found this read quite enlightening in the way it links some of the current battles with information commons and the open source movement to similar challenges faced by those involved at the time of early english bible and law text translations. The philosophy of early bible and law text translators is very similar to the hacker culture of today and what I often think of as truly modern challenges in the face of industry and organisations who seek to control information are in fact nothing new. ...more