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Computer hackers are being portrayed as the newest brand of terrorists. This is a story of a hacker named Kevin Mitnick, imprisoned without bail for nearly five years. Freedom Downtime tries to uncover the reasons why the authorities are so scared of Mitnick as well as define what exactly he did. Surprisingly, no real evidence is ever presented by the authorities to back up the sensationalist claims in mass media. But when a Hollywood studio decides to make a movie about Mitnick's life through the eyes of one of his accusers, hackers 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 fact that so many technically young adept people are being imprisoned. Written by Anonymous

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All throughout filming, Emmanuel Goldstein and the crew continued the weekly radio show "Off The Hook"...calling in to the radio station from a payphone wherever they happened to be that week. See more »

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Goldstein, Emmanuel: ...We knew it wouldn't work. We always knew it wouldn't work. But that's what hacking has always been about since the beginning - doing things you knew wouldn't just because you had to.
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I saw it once---best hacker documentary
26 January 2003 | by (Poughkeepsie, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a very well-crafted documentary. It shows what the media should have been showing. It delivers the whole story of Mitnick, proving wrong the book and the movie made about him. The documenters also interviewed (and tried to interview) key subjects. Also presented is the journey that the filmmakers' took to make this documentary, along with the (exciting!) long road to Las Vegas.

This is definitely an educational and worthwhile video to watch. Everyone should see it, including students and non-computer geeks. There is no hype, just the facts. You will see the term "hacker" in a different light.

Oh, and be sure to get your hands on the DVD when it comes out.


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