Investigative journalist Joseph Menn, author of the recently released Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World has a history of writing books to explain the often-complicated intersection of history, technology and moral decision-making.
His latest book traces the origins of a once obscure Texas-based group of hackers that called themselves ‘Cult of the Dead Cow’, named for a cattle slaughterhouse. While many of the group’s hackers prefer to remain unknown, at least one of them is running for President. Beto O’Rourke’s one-time affiliation with the group was a headline-grabbing factoid that emerged with the book’s release.
Menn is hoping that his latest work will stoke deep thought over what it means to be a hacker, where the Internet is headed, and the key decision-makers who will get us there.
UnderCover caught up with Menn to talk about his investigative journey and what he hopes readers will take away from his latest work.
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