Thursday, February 16, 2012

Films Examining Year of Hacktivism to Premiere

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 3:05 PM

After headlines in 2011 were dominated by riots, occupations, copious use of state force and the guerrilla war in cyberspace, Time Magazine labeled it The Year of the Protester.

Several films set to debut at SXSW aim to examine the online components of those protests: We Are Legion: The Story of The Hacktivists, and Wikileaks: Secrets and Lies, which features an exclusive interview with hacker hearthrob and heir to the throne of Emmanuel Goldstein himself, Julian Assange.

Both films are sure to expand dialog surrounding the issues being protested, as well as the nature of protest. But based off the trailers, it also appears both films are less-than-balanced examinations of the issues. The 4-minute trailer for We Are Legion doesn't feature a single clip of an interviewee speaking critically of the concept of Anonymous, the decentralized online collective credited with numerous criminal acts. There is without a doubt a Robin Hood element to many of the group's actions, but an examination of the potential perils of online impunity could surely add to the discussion, as well.

Trailers for both films can be seen after the jump.

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