There Is No Cabal

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There Is No Cabal (abbreviated TINC) is a catchphrase used among members of Usenet.[1] The anthropologist Gabriella Coleman calls the phrase a "running joke" based on actual "discomfort over the potential for corruption by meritocratic leaders",[1] both on Usenet and the Debian software development platform;[2] the alt.usenet.cabal FAQ, which begins with the phrase, reflects accusations of conspiracy that, according to the author Wendy M. Grossman, are "as old as [...] the Internet".[3]

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  1. ^ a b Coleman, E. Gabriella (2013). Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking. Princeton University Press. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-69-114460-3.
  2. ^ Coleman (2013), p. 127.
  3. ^ Grossman, Wendy M. (2001). From Anarchy to Power: The Net Comes of Age. New York University Press. p. 56. ISBN 0-81-473141-4.