Don’t blame the kids for hacking. Harness it.

I love this story http://mashable.com/2013/02/09/kids-coding/

Kids as young as 11 are using coding skills to hack accounts on social media and gaming sites, according to one report. Antivirus firm AVG says children are writing malware to steal data and virtual currency from friends.

I love it not because I like the idea of kids causing chaos as they learn to make tech work for them (secretly maybe I do), but because the kids are actually figuring it out for themselves. Good on them.

I was really struck by an article in the wake of Aaron Swartz’s suicide, which looked at the early escapades of some of tech’s biggest names, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and their somewhat, to quote “sketchy” relationship with the legal side of technological advancement. I can’t find the one I originally read, but this is along the same lines – see http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/books/2013/02/steve_jobs_and_phone_hacking_exploding_the_phone_by_phil_lapsley_reviewed.html

These guys went on to do and create incredible things. I really hope the kids who so innocently failed to cover their tracks, and others like them, are nurtured. They could be the next big tech founders.

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