Thursday, June 25, 2009

Freedom Downtime

is the story of computer hacker Kevin Mitnick, imprisoned without bail for nearly five years. The film tries to uncover the reasons why the authorities are so scared of Mitnick as well as define what exactly he did. As word of a new Hollywood movie portraying Mitnick as a terrorist becomes known, hackers begin to turn to activism to get their message out. Through interviews with relatives, friends, lawyers, and experts in the computer and civil liberties arena, a picture of a great injustice becomes apparent. A cross country journey uncovers some realities of the hacker culture as well as the sobering reality that so many technically adept young people seem destined for prison.

Winner of the Audience Award for Documentaries at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, 2002

I love this documentary because it shows the real hacker mentality unlike the one that the mainstream media shows you; basically a criminal behind a computer. Beside teaching the meaning of hacking it also shows the broken justice system that currently still exist in America. When the man catches you smoking weed you pay a heavy price by being locked up in Federal Prison with violent criminals even though you did that was harming anyone and this also happens to hackers. Young adults/kids are thrown in jail to rot and some will fall to the criminal ways after they get out. Well just watch the documentary and you will see what i am talking about, oh and visit and buy a copy of their DVD to support them. (If you have seen those prison documentaries we can agree that it is a scary place!)


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