was a North American hacker group
responsible for production of the internet based magazine Radical Future
. Radical Future
's presence as an electronic magazine was of cultural significance to the online American hacker community
and is widely respected as being the first professionally formatted magazine to focus not only on the technical aspects of computer hacking but libertarian socialist
political issues as well. The e-zine
was freely distributed online as an Adobe Acrobat PDF
file and consisted of five issues.
Port7alliance was a concept that came into the mind of a 14 year old computer enthusiast named Darien, on January 13
, after being inspired by a famous IBM
commercial featuring Avery Brooks
. In this commercial
Avery Brooks explains the definition of an epiphany
Darien, then took on the hacker handle of 'Epiphany'. To promote the Port7alliance, Epiphany wrote his own manifesto concerning the significance of the term "computer hacker". The manifesto, simply titled " Epiphany" has been archived by textfiles.com.
Perusing the internet, Epiphany frequently could be found interacting on underground IRC channels gathering members for Port7alliance.
Sometime during the Spring of 2002, Port7alliance released their first issue of Radical Future.
Radical Future ezine
ran intermittently from the Spring of 2002 to the Spring of 2004 and was briefly available for sale in printed form at The 5th H.O.P.E.
During its time, the magazine had a profound social impact online, directly influencing the production of such hacker magazines as Jeremy Hammond's HackThisZine and StankDawg's Binary Revolution Magazine.
Port7alliance has disbanded. However, its site is still live. Certain members of Port7alliance can still be found at hacker cons
such as DEF CON
, sucking Fyodor
's sack and trying to party with the great John Draper