H2K2 hackers say they want a revolution

Tuesday, 16 July 2002, 1:45 AM EST

The three-day H2K2 conference wrapped up here Sunday night, having pulled in an estimated two thousand hackers, ex-hackers, security pros and activists to swap war stories and tips, hack the venue and each other, and engage in some navel gazing on their subcultures' place in the post dot-com era.

As in years past, the bi-annual gathering at the gloomy Hotel Pennsylvania provided hackers with an anti-establishment alternative to the bigger, brighter and more commercial DefCon convention that takes place in Las Vegas later in the summer. Short on technical talks and tee-shirt vendors, long on lefty political philosophy and fiery manifestos, the conference was exemplified by one of its keynote speakers: Aaron McGruder, writer and illustrator of the often-controversial nationally-syndicated daily comic strip The Boondocks.

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