Agrippa Hacking Challenge
Agrippa back in the news–Quinn Dupont has thrown down the gunmetal gray gauntlet and challenged hackers to break the encryption to William Gibson’s poem, Agrippa. For those who don’t know, it was an electronic poem that came on diskette and self-destructed after the initial reading, thereby putting literature lovers, librarians, and archivists in a bit of quandry. Workarounds abound, of course, and a team of grad students (of which I was a member) built an online repository called The Agrippa Files. The original encryption remains unbroken, however, and thus an important part of the poem lives on, asking for dialogic engagement from the hacking community.