Publication Date

1989

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Massey, James Lewis

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Sociology

LCSH

Computers--Social aspects

Abstract

This paper examines the social organization of the "computer underground" (CU). The CU is composed of actors in three roles, "computer hackers," "phone phreaks,” and "software pirates." These roles have frequently been ignored or confused in media and other accounts of CU activity. By utilizing a data set culled from CU channels of communication this paper provides an ethnographic account of computer underground organization. It is concluded that despite the widespread social network of the computer underground, it is organized primarily on the level of colleagues, with only small groups approaching peer relationships.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (leaf 75)

Extent

79 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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