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People often have a bad perception of hackers, conjuring up images of either 20-somethings in their parents’ basement or sophisticated criminals responsible for massive data breaches. Nico Sell, founder and chairman of the Wickr Foundation, wants to change that.

Hacking is the most important skill set for the future of the world.

She thinks not only are hackers some of the smartest, most creative people around, but also that hacking will prove to be the most powerful tool for our tech-dominated future. And just like any powerful tool, it can be used constructively or destructively.

That’s why, according to Nico, it’s important to teach kids how to hack now, and encourage them to use their new-found talents for good.

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