Hackerspace Istanbul Protocol


"Hacking means exploring the limits of what is possible, in a spirit of playful cleverness. Activities that display playful cleverness have "hack value". " Richard M. Stallman (RMS)


The content of this section is a reminder for the space. Still, it's documented for interested parties.

Hackerspace Istanbul is an organic place; in this section it defines a direction which it will adhere to follow. So this section organizes discourse and deeds in the name of the space.

From now on "Hackerspace Istanbul" will be referenced as "HS".

HS, detests the question "Why?". Because the answer always is "Because we can". The right question would be "How?"

HS, sees manipulation and reproduction as an integral part of creative progress.

HS, operates within the GNU philosophy. [1] All products of the space would be "free" as in defined this philosophy. For example if it produces software, hardware or documentation they would be free thus licensed with a GNU approved license. [2]

HS, defines free as "free" and non-free as "proprietary". This definition is not limited to openness of the source.

HS, stands clear from both creators and advocates of proprietary software.

HS, doesn't designate hats for the creators and products of hack culture.

HS, doesn't limit hack culture and hackers with security or software.

HS, is against consuming "culture", prefers repairing things instead of buying new. HS considers all material to be valueable enough to store for future use.

HS, unequivocally opposes mass surveillance and censorship. We wouldn't be involved with any person, organization or project which helps, supports or even praises the surveillance and censorship apparatus.

HS, reserves the right to explore the limits of the possible.


The space is reserved to members use only except "open meetings" and events.

Events are open to the public unless stated otherwise.


Types of membership:

There is two types of membership:

For becoming a member:

Meet the definition in "Hacking" section

Have the approval of at least one current member [3]

Attending open meetings

For staying as a member;

To take the initiative to ensure that HS can be kept alive and maintained its sustainability,

To be conscious about being a part of HS,

To represent HS on the outside as it should be,

And to be in communication with the other members of HS as needed are required.

For becoming an associate member:

Persons who support HS financially or by donating needed goods, or those who work for the continuity and sustainability of the HS, may become associate members.


HS is progressing autonomously in line with its principles.

HS does not have an authority, so there is no one to distribute or allocate responsibility or authority.

HS is alive. If there is something that needs to be done, you can take care of it or move with people who are interested in it.

Every member is a part of HS and undertakes to fulfill its obligation as a member.

The space has special powers.

Frequently Answered Questions

No, every member doesn't have to use GNU/Linux.

No, every member doesn't have to be a Free/Libre Software activist.

Yes, you can bring your WC [4] or Mac to the HS.

No, you don't need a technical background to become a member.

No, hackers and makers have not the same meaning, therefore hackerspace and makerspace are also two different concepts.

No, not all endevors of members has to overlap with definition of the HS. For example a member can develop a proprietary software in HS, HS doesn't care about this. Any software that includes people to surveillance networks without their consent or is used for censorship tool are exempt from this rule.

No, we don't hack X accounts. Also it's "cracking" not "hacking"

No, we don't crack X accounts.