Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 22 02:31:16 UTC 2013

I should have noted that Word Spy has a quote dating back to 1998:

> Other computer wizards have become cult figures after rushing to
> defend their idea of Internet purity, for example, when several hacker
> "digilantes" sabotaged Cyber Promotions, Inc., one of the most hated
> e-mail advertisers, or "spammers."
> --David Brin, The Transparent Society, Addison-Wesley, May 17, 1998


On 4/21/2013 10:29 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
> I believe, it's the same link I posted earlier in the week.
> What I find more interesting is the rise of a different term: digilante
> http://goo.gl/IBous
> Of course, the term is not new. Wiktionary has an entry from almost
> exactly a year ago. UD has one that dates to 2010 and there are
> several blog entries with similar dates. But the cloud-sourcing of
> video footage in the hunt for the bombers is going to serve up a big
> dose of "digilante justice" references...
>     VS-)

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