14 Mar '12, 3am

Hack or be hacked: Al Gore and Sean Parker take on the system

Hack or be hacked: Al Gore and Sean Parker take on the system

“Our democracy has been hacked,” Al Gore told a packed house at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas Monday night. “It’s not working the way it should.” It was an odd image to choose in front of this crowd, which is more likely to think “hacker” means heroic tinkerer than digital thief. Indeed, by the end of the evening, Gore’s partner on stage — Napster cofounder and Facebook billionaire Sean Parker — was sounding a rallying cry for “hackers, engineers and progressive thinkers” to take back the U.S.A. from moneyed interests that are subverting democracy. So let’s just say this was not an event with a finely tuned message. Gore hadn’t taken the stage at SXSW to rally the crowd for a climate-change fix. His climate pitch came as an almost comically understated aside: “By the way, I need your help to solve the climate crisis. That’s another sto...

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