What would you think if you heard a young hacker from California is in the UK on a recruitment drive for like minded souls?
Personally, I’d be pretty nervous! Especially since this charismatic young revolutionary wants her charges to teach themselves how to hack computers, through her Hacker House organisation.
But we can relax, because Jennifer Arcuri isn’t really trying to start a criminal empire. Quite the opposite. Hacking is the hook Arcuri uses to grab the attention of the audience. Arcuri is from Hollywood, so I imagine creating a compelling narrative comes as second nature.
Where does the story go from here? Having taught her recruits how to hack into computers, do they then use this force responsibly? Hopefully. That’s the logic anyway. Who knows if some of them are ‘hacking bad’. The idea is to teach people to poach so they can become game keepers to the global village.
Good idea. It sounds a lot more fun than most IT courses I’ve been on. If there is to be a conflict driving this particular drama, it is that Arcuri particularly wants to recruit more women into IT.
I say conflict not because I don’t want more women in technology but because the IT industry has struggled with this challenge for at least two decades. It widely recognised that women have superior communications skills and can multi-task. But maybe, just maybe, there’s some reason why they’ve never really got into programming. Just saying.
Maybe Arcuri can succeed where others have faltered. London Mayor Boris Johnson is a fan and appears at many events run by Arcuri’s other company, Innotech Network.
“I taught myself how to hack and now I have five certificates under my belt,” Ar
curi says in a Telefonica interview. Arcuri says that by learning to hack, student will give themselves the best foundation for patching all the vulnerabilities that appear in our IT systems. Which sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?
Will be interesting to see how this story evolves.