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Geek Researcher Spends Three Years Living With Hackers

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When you're starting off as an anthropologist, you aim is to explore a subculture your peers have yet to uncover, spending years living with the locals and learning their ways. That's what Gabriella Coleman did. She went to San Francisco and lived with the hackers. Coleman, an anthropologist who teaches at McGill University, spent three years living in the Bay Area, studying the community that builds the Debian Linux open source operating system and other hackers -- i.e., people who pride themselves on finding new ways to reinvent software. More recently, she's been peeling away the onion that is the Anonymous movement, a group that hacks as a means of protest -- and mischief. When she moved to San Francisco, she volunteered with the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- she believed, correctly, that having an eff.org address would make people more willing to talk to her...

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