The Hacker Ethic:

Access to computers — and anything that may teach you something about the way the world works — should be unlimited and total. Always yield to the Hands-On Imperative!

 All Information should be free

Mistrust Authority — Promote Decentralization

Hackers should be judged by their hacking, not bogus criteria such as degrees, age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or position.

You can create art and beauty on a computer.

Computers can change your life for the better.

From Hackers Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy. Patched by Johnny Fusion =11811=
Panel From Julian Assange From Hacker Ethic To Wikileaks
From Julian Assange From Hacker Ethic to Wikileaks by Dario Morgante and Gianluca Constantini.

1. The belief that information-sharing is a powerful positive good, and that it is an ethical duty of hackers to share their expertise by writing open-source code and facilitating access to information and to computing resources wherever possible.

2. The belief that system-cracking for fun and exploration is ethically OK as long as the cracker commits no theft, vandalism, or breach of confidentiality.

From the Jargon File http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/H/hacker-ethic.html