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NYU Student Seeks to Reclaim the Word ‘Hacker’

DaniGrantTwitterProfilePicThe media coverage began in earnest with a June 26 item on TechCrunch. It continued over the July 4 holiday weekend with a Business Insider feature by Rebecca Borison.

Expect more such articles as word spreads about NYU student Dani Grant‘s (pictured) efforts. Through her expanding website Hackers of New York, she is seeking to realign the term “hacker” with innovation rather than interruption. From the BI piece:

The site is modeled after the popular blog Humans of New York and aims to portray the diverse and unique individuals involved in the tech community. Grant interviews random people in the greater tech community and publishes their picture along with a quote or two from the interview.

The blog is expanding to other cities and countries, with Hackers of Silicon Valley, Hackers of Chicago and Hackers of London already up. And according to Grant, people from 13 different countries have reached out asking to start their own version.

Very cool. Maybe when Grant is done with this empire, she can help us reclaim the term “blogger.”

[Photo via @thedanigrant]

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