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Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 08:32:35 -0800 (PST)
From: Thomas Holt <>
Subject: Call For Participants For A Research Study Of
	Hacker Culture


My name is Tom Holt, and I am an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina
at Charlotte.  I am currently conducting a study of hackers
and hacking and am seeking interested men and women who may be willing to
participate.  The purpose of this
research is to understand the ways that people become interested in computers and
hacking, their motives for hacking, and how they apply their skills in
different settings.  This study will also
consider individuals’ conceptions of hacking and experiences in hacker culture. 

To understand this phenomenon, I am seeking individuals who
are willing to share their experiences and opinions in an interview which can
be conducted either in person or via encrypted e-mail. Strict confidentiality will be
maintained and your privacy ensured.  I
have obtained a Certificate of Confidentiality from the National Institutes of
Health to further protect and ensure your privacy and confidentiality. All
individuals who complete an interview will be paid $10 for their time, and $10
will also be paid for successful referrals. 

If you know anyone who is, or considers his/herself to be a hacker and is willing to be interviewed, please contact me via email at, at, or by phone at 704-795-9544.
Again, strict confidentiality will be maintained and your privacy ensured. 

I am not a law enforcement agent nor connected with any law
enforcement agency and am not looking to hear crazy stories about how you hacked NASA.  If you have, great, but I realize there is more to hacking than simple media conceptions of the hacker as a criminal.  Instead, I am interested in understanding hacking from the hackers’ point of view.  I have presented my
research and described this project at several cons, including CarolinaCon 06,
PhreakNIC X, and Defcons 13/14 and am hoping to hear from more individuals in the community.

Please contact me if you are interested, and I
look forward to hearing from you.  

Thank you,

Thomas J. Holt, Ph. D.

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