Tech pirates can drive innovation

Lately it seems, tech pirates and mavericks are being rounded up, given the squeeze or worse made to walk the plank.

Very few would probably sympathize with the recently busted cyber crime ring responsible for Zeus botenet 2010 was also the year that international teamwork broke up the Zeus botnet crime ring. Copyright advocates are probably relieved that Pirate Bay has finally been shut down although people behind the file sharing site intend to set up an “untrackable” peer-to-peer domain name system.

More recently social net naughty boy Julian Assange of WikiLeaks has been arrested in by U.K. police in connection with sexual assault charges which mysteriously resurfaced right about after the whistle blower site leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents that have embarrassed government officials around the world.

Earlier this year, ITBusiness.ca’s Nestor Arellano interviewed Matt Mason, best selling author, social media expert and ex-pirate radio DJ. Click here for the full story.

Mason believes tech rogues and pirates play a vital role in the industry. Despite their dubious reputation, he says, a large number of them are capable of spurring innovation from the fringe in a way that many mainstream organizations are hamstrung from doing.

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