and editor-in-chief of 2600: The
Hacker Quarterly. Goldstein hosts a radio show every week in New York
called Â“Off the HookÂ” and is considered to be a hacker icon in the computer
underground. Along with Ed Cummings,
Emmanuel Goldstein is an active participant in the Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE)
convention in New York City, which takes place every two years. Emmanuel is
often called on by the press to give his opinion regarding topics of concern to
the hacker community.
When asked why he goes by the moniker Emmanuel Goldstein
instead of his real name Eric Corley, he said that he believes everyone should
be allowed to rename himself or herself. A name, he affirms, should reflect
something about who the person is and what the person believes in. The details
of what Eric Corley likely stands for can be found in George OrwellÂ’s 1984, in which Emmanuel Goldstein is
one of the main characters. The first issue of 2600:
The Hacker Quarterly, by the way, was published in January 1984. Is this
just a coincidence? Probably not.
In 1999, Goldstein released a documentary called Freedom Downtime, which detailed the
story of convicted cracker Kevin Mitnick.
Goldstein was also the creative advisor to the movie Hackers. Always a favorite with reporters looking for a
good story, Goldstein was arrested a month after the July 2004 HOPE hacker
convention in New York City as he tried to videotape a demonstration against
the Republican National Convention. After being detained for more than 30
hours, he was charged with disorderly conduct.
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