Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019

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Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Honors Interdisclipinary


Philip L. Frana


The purpose of this study is to examine the historical tendencies and characteristics of hackers to create a holistic definition of what it means to be a hacker. By analyzing the contents of the “Hacker Classics” list, it was determined that there is not a single, all-encompassing definition of what it means to be a hacker. Although there are common motivations and ideologies shared between many hackers, the definition of “hacker” continues to change as time and technology does.



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