So there was this article in Motherboard, pointed out to me by a very young friend of mine. It’s an FBI memo written in 1995 during the Unabomber investigation, about a mysterious, close-knit group of gamers, playing D&D.
The article gives hardly any context at all, but that kind of memo during this time is not unusal or even remarkable, from a historical perspective.
So here is a bit of historic perspective, not quite in chronological order.
A lot of this, from a US point of view, revolves around the person of John Gilmore. Gilmore was an early Sun Microsystems employee and hardware (VLSI chip) designer, and this part of his career made him financially independent. He’s also politically active, libertarian, and coined the famous saying »The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.«