The Whole Wired World: Documentaries on Cyberculture

Documentary titles about computers, the Internet, and life in the digital age.

List order is from newest to oldest (by year of release), and titles are sorted alphabetically within each year.

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1.
Deep Web (2015 Documentary)
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A feature documentary that explores the rise of a new Internet; decentralized, encrypted, dangerous and beyond the law. (90 mins.)
Director: Alex Winter
 
2.
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015 Documentary)
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A look at the personal and private life of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. (128 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
3.
Code Kids (2014 Documentary)
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Code Kids is a documentary that follows four successful tech leaders and entrepreneurs as they influence change on a policy level... (46 mins.)
Director: Greg Hemmings
 
4.
Cyber-Seniors (2014 Documentary)
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A film about senior citizens learning about computers from teenage mentors and the connections made both on and offline. (75 mins.)
 
5.
Frontline (1983 TV Series)
Episode: Generation Like (2014)
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From PBS and Frontline: Thanks to social media, today's teens are able to directly interact with their culture - artists... (60 mins.)
 
6.
Horizon (1964 TV Series)
Episode: Inside the Dark Web (2014)
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Twenty-five years after the world wide web was created, it is now caught in the greatest controversy of its existence - surveillance... (50 mins.)
 
7.
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014 Documentary)
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The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26. (105 mins.)
 
8.
Killswitch (2014 Documentary)
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The Internet is under attack. This award-winning documentary explores the threat Internet censorship imposes on free speech, innovation, and democracy. (72 mins.)
Director: Ali Akbarzadeh
 
9.
Life After Digital (2014 Documentary)
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We live in a world remade by a ubiquitous involvement with illuminated screens and handheld wireless computers called smartphones... (60 mins.)
Director: Marc de Guerre
 
10.
Love Child (2014 Documentary)
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LOVE CHILD is a documentary following of the first tried case of Internet Addiction the world has ever seen... (75 mins.)
Director: Valerie Veatch
 
11.
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin (2014 Documentary)
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A computer programmer becomes fascinated with the digital currency Bitcoin, and through his involvement in the Bitcoin community, we learn about the impending global impact of this amazing new technology. (96 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Mross
 
12.
Softwaring Hard (2014 Documentary)
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A documentary about the world of software and the software makers. How do people from outside the industry see it and what do people from inside the industry think about regular computer users? (79 mins.)
Director: Alex Pop
 
13.
War for the Web (2015 Documentary)
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War for the Web demystifies the physical infrastructure of the Internet and uses that as a basis to explore the issues of ownership and competition in the broadband marketplace, privacy, and security. (81 mins.)
 
14.
Une contre-histoire de l'Internet (2013 Documentary)
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(75 mins.)
 
15.
DEFCON: The Documentary (2013 Documentary)
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DEFCON is the world's largest hacking conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2012 it was held for the 20th time... (110 mins.)
 
16.
Detour Off the Superhighway (2013 Documentary)
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Follow Patrick Kelly as he gives up the internet and modern media technology for 80 days. From the Digital... (81 mins.)
Director: Patrick Kelly
 
17.
Downloaded (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that explores the downloading revolution; the kids that created it, the bands and the businesses that were affected by it, and its impact on the world at large. (106 mins.)
Director: Alex Winter
 
18.
DSKNECTD (2013 Documentary)
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An exploration into how smart phones, social media, and the Internet are profoundly changing the way we interact and experience each other... (98 mins.)
Director: Dominic White
 
19.
Google and the World Brain (2013 Documentary)
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The most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet: Google's master plan to scan every book in the world and the people trying to stop them. Google say they are building a library for mankind, but they also have other intentions. (90 mins.)
Director: Ben Lewis
 
20.
InRealLife (2013 Documentary)
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InRealLife takes us on a journey from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley, to find out what exactly the internet is doing to our children (90 mins.)
Director: Beeban Kidron
 
21.
The Internet Must Go (2013 Documentary)
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(30 mins.)
 
22.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
Episode: Silicon Valley (2013)
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SILICON VALLEY tells the story of the pioneering scientists who transformed rural Santa Clara County into the hub of technological ingenuity we now know as Silicon Valley. (60 mins.)
 
23.
Submit the Documentary: The Virtual Reality of Cyberbullying (2013 Documentary)
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The way we hurt each other has evolved. Submit the Documentary is an in-depth look into the profound... (56 mins.)
Director: Les Ottolenghi
 
24.
Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything. (79 mins.)
Director: Cullen Hoback
 
25.
TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard (2013 Documentary)
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An intellectual freedoms documentary based around the interpersonal triumphs, and defeats of the three main characters against the largest industry in the known universe. The media industry. (85 mins.)
Director: Simon Klose
 
26.
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. (130 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
27.
Web Junkie (2013 Documentary)
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The Chinese government is the first to classify internet addiction as a clinical disorder. 'Web Junkie'... (74 mins.)
 
28.
Crocodile in the Yangtze (2012 Documentary)
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Crocodile in the Yangtze follows China's first Internet entrepreneur and former English teacher, Jack Ma... (75 mins.)
Director: Porter Erisman
 
29.
Generation Social (2012 Documentary)
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Generation Social: Exploring how our inherent social nature drives cultural change through the lens of some of the key engines and players who drive that change in Vancouver.
Director: Andrew Lavigne
 
30.
High Tech, Low Life (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows the journey of two of China's first citizen reporters as they travel the country chronicling under-reported news and social issues stories. (87 mins.)
 
31.
IRL: In Real Life (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary looking at the effects of World of Warcraft addiction. (7 mins.)
Director: Anthony Rosner
 
32.
Panopticon (2012 Documentary)
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Control on our daily lives increases and privacy is disappearing. How is this exactly happening and in which way will it effect all our lives? (60 mins.)
Director: Peter Vlemmix
 
33.
Please Subscribe (2012 Documentary)
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An examination of the YouTube video streaming website and profiles of notable content contributors to it. (77 mins.)
Director: Dan Dobi
 
34.
The Startup Kids (2012 Documentary)
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The Startup Kids is a documentary about young web entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe. It contains interviews with founders of Vimeo... (55 mins.)
 
35.
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the workings and beliefs of the self-described "hacktivist" collective, Anonymous. (93 mins.)
 
36.
Code 2600 (2011 Documentary)
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CODE 2600 documents the Info-Tech Age, told by the events and people who helped build and manipulate it. It explores the impact this new connectivity has on our ability to remain human while maintaining our personal privacy and security. (82 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Zerechak
 
37.
Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology (2011 Documentary)
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Filmmaker and Founder of the Webby Awards, Tiffany Shlain, investigates the interconnections between the major issues of the 21st century and her own experience of these issues during a family crisis. (82 mins.)
Director: Tiffany Shlain
 
38.
Ctrl+Alt+Compete (2011 Documentary)
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Ctrl+Alt+Compete documents young tech-entrepreneurs seeking to solve problems and change the world, featuring Nolan Bushnell (Atari)... (58 mins.)
Director: Brian Giberson
 
39.
Internet Rising (2011 Documentary)
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Internet Rising is a digi-documentary investigating the evolving relationships between the Internet and collective consciousness of humanity... (53 mins.)
 
40.
True Stories: Wikileaks - Secrets and Lies (2011 Documentary)
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(75 mins.)
Director: Patrick Forbes
 
41.
Twittamentary (2011 Documentary)
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Twittamentary is a unique documentary about the everyday people who use Twitter. The movie is also a... (66 mins.)
Director: Siok Siok Tan
 
42.
Vakondok 2 - Demoscene (2011 Documentary)
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In the 1980's, something changed the world forever. Computer technology, mostly due to the appearance of affordable Commodore 64's... (90 mins.)
 
43.
When Strangers Click (2011 Documentary)
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Director: Robert Kenner
 
44.
Barbershop Punk (2010 Documentary)
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Is "The Man" controlling the vertical, the horizontal and the channel you'll be on? In a privatized American Internet... (84 mins.)
 
45.
Doc Zone (2006 TV Series)
Episode: Are We Digital Dummies? (2010)
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One thing is certain about human nature...we're born talkers. Our urge to communicate is universal....
 
46.
Frontline (1983 TV Series)
Episode: Digital Nation (2010)
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Frontline explores how the Internet and digital media have completely transformed contemporary life. (60 mins.)
 
47.
Life 2.0 (2010 Documentary)
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This feature-length documentary follows a group of people whose lives are dramatically transformed by a virtual world -- reshaping relationships, identities, and ultimately the very notion of reality. (100 mins.)
 
48.
Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia (2010 Documentary)
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After viewing this provocative documentary, you will never look at Wikipedia the same way. Filmmakers... (85 mins.)
 
49.
The Virtual Revolution (2010 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
50.
WikiRebels: The Documentary (2010 Documentary)
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(58 mins.)
 
51.
Another Perfect World (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Online virtual worlds have the potential to create a utopian paradise, a technological Eden, not possible in our real world... (70 mins.)
 
52.
Butterflies (2009 Documentary)
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Following the lives of six young people that are prominent 'weblebrities' on a video site YouTube. The film explores the new media... (72 mins.)
Director: Ester Brymova
 
53.
Hackers Wanted (2009 Documentary)
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This film both follows the hacking adventures of famous hacker Adrian Lamo, and uses them as a microcosm for the macrocosm of struggles faced by emerging trends of thought - from the criminal to the philosophical. (86 mins.)
Director: Sam Bozzo
 
54.
Korea to the World: Cyberland (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
How come has Korean fallen in love with the virtual world? Online games are more than just games but become reality... (48 mins.)
Director: Jin-Hyuk Kim
 
55.
Macheads (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A exploration of the fanaticism that surrounds the Apple brand, featuring interviews with Mac evangelists and members of the Mac community. (54 mins.)
Director: Kobi Shely
 
56.
Us Now (2009 Documentary)
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Tells the stories of how self-organizing online networks threaten to change the fabric of government forever. (59 mins.)
Director: Ivo Gormley
 
57.
Digital (2008 Documentary)
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In a world made of links and the crossing of cultural references what are the real boundaries of the future? A visual experiment on the social bearances of technology on our cultural relationships. (54 mins.)
Director: Hique Montanari
 
58.
Download: The True Story of the Internet (2008 TV Series)
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59.
Frontline (1983 TV Series)
Episode: Growing Up Online (2008)
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Frontline investigates the the first generation to grow up with access to the Internet. It examines the risks and realities of teens and their online existence. (60 mins.)
 
60.
Hackers Are People Too (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Hackers do laundry. Hackers like movies. Hackers are people and could be your neighbors, your brother... (43 mins.)
 
61.
Second Skin (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An intimate, fascinating look at computer gamers whose lives have been transformed by the emerging, hugely popular genre of computer games. (94 mins.)
 
62.
Web Warriors (2008 Documentary)
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Web Warriors is a documentary that defines the conflict, establishes the stakes, and reveals the combatants... (43 mins.)
Director: Jay Dahl
 
63.
Welcome to Macintosh (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Filmmakers Robert Baca and Josh Rizzo offer an entertaining look into the world and history of Apple, Inc. (90 mins.)
 
64.
IRL (In Real Life) (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
The first feature-length documentary to take on the subject of online relationships, IRL (In Real Life) chronicles the life... (55 mins.)
 
65.
UR Life Online (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary that explores the brave new world of young people on the internet. For many kids the internet... (60 mins.)
Director: Katie Schulz
 
66.
Steal This Film (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Steal This Film is part one of a series, documenting the movement against intellectual property produced by The League of Noble Peers and released via the BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol. (32 mins.)
 
67.
Aardvark'd: 12 Weeks with Geeks (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Four interns are brought into Manhattan and given 12 weeks to design, develop, debug and ship a program... (80 mins.)
 
68.
BBS: The Documentary (2005 Documentary)
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(296 mins.)
 
69.
24 Hours on Craigslist (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
This is about Craig Newmark popular classified ads website and the diverse postings that occur on the site in a single day. (82 mins.)
 
70.
In the Realm of the Hackers (2003)
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In the late 1980s two Melbourne teenage computer hackers known as Electron and Phoenix stole a restricted... (55 mins.)
Director: Kevin Anderson
 
71.
The Net (2003 Documentary)
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(121 mins.)
Director: Lutz Dammbeck
 
72.
Avatars Offline (2002 Documentary)
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Secrets of the virtual gaming world are revealed in "Avatars Offline," the first feature-length documentary... (78 mins.)
 
73.
The Code (2001 Documentary)
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Finnish-made documentary about GNU/Linux, featuring some of the most influential people of the free software (FOSS) movement. (58 mins.)
Director: Hannu Puttonen
 
74.
E-Dreams (2001 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at the highs and lows of a dot com. The movie follows the founders of Kozmo.com as they raise money and file for IPO. But no one has predicted the market crash in April 2000. (94 mins.)
Director: Wonsuk Chin
 
75.
Freedom Downtime (2001 Documentary)
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A feature length documentary about the Free Kevin movement and the hacker world. (121 mins.)
 
76.
Goldrush-Dot-Com (2001 Documentary)
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In August, 2000, author and filmmaker David Duncan set out to capture on film a city - San Francisco - in the grip of the dot-com frenzy... (50 mins.)
Stars: Ted Koppel
 
77.
Mauchly: The Computer and the Skateboard (2001 Documentary)
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Mauchly: The Computer and the Skateboard tells the story of what happens to the inventor as the huge... (98 mins.)
Director: Paul David, Jim Reed
 
78.
Revolution OS (2001 Documentary)
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While Microsoft may be the biggest software company in the world, not every computer user is a fan of their products... (85 mins.)
Director: J.T.S. Moore
 
79.
Secret History of Hacking (2001 Documentary)
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Director: Ralph Lee
 
80.
Startup.com (2001 Documentary)
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Traces the birth and failure of new media company govWorks.com. (107 mins.)
 
81.
Code Rush (2000 Documentary)
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Code Rush follows the people of Netscape Communications during an intense period in 1998, when it was...
Director: David Winton
 
82.
GetRichQuick.com (2000 Documentary)
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This documentary follows a dot-com start-up, from the humble origins of a New Jersey basement, to the 21st floor of an office building off Wall Street... (60 mins.)
Director: Florian Schura
 
83.
Home Page (1998 Documentary)
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(102 mins.)
Director: Doug Block
 
84.
Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet (1998 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(25 mins.)
 
85.
The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires (1996 Documentary)
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Three part documentary that shows the insight look at the history of computers, from its rise in the 1970s to the beginning of the Dot-com boom of the late 1990s.
 
86.
Unauthorized Access (1994 Documentary)
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Documentary about the early to mid 90s computer underground. (37 mins.)
Director: Annaliza Savage
 
87.
The Machine That Changed the World (1992 TV Series)
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A five part documentary on computer history - from Babbage to Silicon Valley. (285 mins.)
Director: Jon Palfreman
Stars: Will Lyman
 
88.
Hyperland (1990 Documentary)
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Far ahead of it's time, this documentary introduced the Internet to an unsuspecting public way back in 1990... (49 mins.)
 
89.
The KGB, the Computer and Me (1990 Documentary)
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In 1986, astronomer turned computer scientist Clifford Stoll had just started working on a computer... (58 mins.)
Director: Robin Bates
 
91.
Hackers: Wizards of the Electronic Age (1984 Documentary)
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All interviews in this documentary were shot over a long weekend at a 1984 hacker conference by the... (26 mins.)
Director: Fabrice Florin
 
92.
Computers Are People, Too! (1982 Documentary)
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This movie explores the possibilities of interaction between man and computer, with some historical background...
Director: Denis Sanders