Hackers dig deep, often staying up late learning something new or solving a thorny problem. Hackers tend to be brilliant but not always interested in conventional goals. Ideas, self-education, and respect within the community are often stronger drivers than money. Hackers are often not part of the mainstream populations (what hackers call “normals”) in their schools or local communities, but once they find their community the relationships between fellow hackers can be intense.
Hackers play an ever-expanding important role in protecting the public and in improving online security. The skills needed to excel at hacking need to be taught to a broader swath of the public and in underserved populations, all of which the Hacker Initiative aims to do.