Hackers and government live in an uneasy house

"The tone was set in the morning’s opening keynote by Jennifer Granick, a director with the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Granick, who has been attending Black Hat and another hacker conference, Def Con, for a long time, did not mince words before an audience that responds well to candor. “The dream of Internet freedom that brought me to Def Con twenty years ago is dying,” said Granick.

She pointed to increased government regulation, both in the U.S. and abroad, as a major reason for her concern, citing misguided laws and zealous overregulation on the part of Congress as key factors. “The message from our government is that if you step over the line, we will come for you,” Granick told the somber gathering."