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"...science fiction is sort of like a sociological genome. It's a huge range of possible futures, most of them useless; some vital. You never really know in advance."
- Peter Watts

Jackleg  
  Moving data around to avoid detection or capture.  

Data is the freest thing there is today; it moves via the Internet wherever it is needed. This is recognized as a very unstable and insecure system. Even today, governments are seeking ways to track down and seize or render harmless large blocks of information.

Any one of these rigs - it could hold the whole Grenada Bank!" Carlotta pointed at a bizarre structure off to starboard - a flattened geodesic egg surrounded by buttressed pontoons. It looked like a fat soccer ball on bright orange spider's legs… "Even if the Man comes down on Grenada, the Bank can just duck aside, like electric judo! All this ocean tech - they can jackleg way out into international waters, where the Man just can't reach."
From Islands in the Net, by Bruce Sterling.
Published by William Morrow in 1988
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In this conception of the future, groups with large data repositories can easily move them to avoid capture. The word seems to be a combination of "hijack" and "bootleg."

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