Technology

  • Controlling the Web

    This documentary looks at the fight for control of the web, life in the digital age and the threat to cyber freedom, asking if US authorities are increasingly trying to regulate user freedoms in the name of national and economic security.

    In January 2012, two controversial pieces of legislation were making their way through the US Congress. SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, were meant to crack down on the illegal sharing of digital media.

    Running time 25 min.

  • Fighting in the Fifth Dimension

    It has been called the fifth dimension of warfare. Along with land, sea, air and space - the cyberworld is a new frontline. Innovations in technology are changing the tactics of modern-day conflict, introducing new tools to the world's arsenal.

    Helped by advances in electro-magnetics and modern information and communications technology, a new form of electronic warfare has been created. It is called cyberwar and is increasingly recognised by governments and the military as posing a potentially grave threat.

    Running time 47 min.

  • Freedom Downtime: The Story of Kevin Mitnick

    Can you launch a nuclear missile by whistling into a payphone? The unofficial story of Kevin Mitnick, possibly the first citizen in American history to be jailed without a bail-hearing. He went to jail for nothing more than copying software, but was "convicted" by the media both for breaking into NORAD as well as causing millions of dollars in damage to a software-company. This documentary introduces you to the "Free Kevin" movement, who tried to stop the making of a film about Mitnick based on the media's lies, and who went on a journey to track down key players in the Mitnick-affair and get some answers.
    Running time 2 hours
  • Google Me

    It all started when I Googled my name said Killeen of his movie. And who in today's day and age hasn't engaged in just such an activity in a moment of idle webbing. The difference here that the filmmaker actually followed up on his findings by not only contacting his namesakes but also traveling to whatever remote location called for to meet and interview the subjects of his search, even discovering (and verifying through genetic testing) a long-lost cousin.

    Jim Killeen the filmmaker in Los Angeles found, among others, Jim Killeen the priest in Cobh, Ireland, Jim Killeen the retired cop in New York, Jim Killeen the CEO in Melbourne, Australia and Jim Killeen the sexual swinger in Denver. Google Me has not only been given the search engine's blessing, but even features Google's VP of Engineering, Douglas Merrill, in an insightful interview voicing his sentiments on the subject.

    Running time 1 hour, 37 Min.

  • Hackers - A Gift for the Hackers

    Increasingly devices like printers and scanners are being connected directly to the Internet. It's all very convenient, bit is it safe?

    Your mobile, your printer, your hard drive, everything is connected... but it's like a Swiss cheese. Medical files, financial information, and trade secrets, they're all there for the taking.

    It's shocking, it should not be allowed. It's a design flaw. Is this vulnerability in tens of thousands of devices compromising your security and your privacy?

    Running time 31 min.

  • Hackers World: Anonymous Investigation

    Some attack governments, large corporations... and steal personal identities. Others use their skills for political activism. They are hackers.

    And in a rare sit down interview with a member of the infamous collective "Anonymous", 16x9 gets a unique, inside look into a "Hackers World".

    Anonymous is a loosely associated hacktivist group. It originated in 2003, representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain.

    It is also generally considered to be a blanket term for members of certain Internet subcultures, a way to refer to the actions of people in an environment where their actual identities are not known.

    Running time 20 min.

  • Internet Must Go

    Excellent mockumentary about how and why Internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner and Comcast are pushing to eliminate or suppress the net neutrality.

    Over the years they've spent billions to build the pipes and towers that bring Americans the Internet. Today they face a crisis, there's just too much traffic. (Un)fortunately they have a solution - the Internet as it exists today must go.

    Running time 30 minutes.

  • Modern Marvels - Failed Inventions

    The world always had its share of dreamers, tinkerers and inventors. Some who have had great ideas, but many more who had missed the mark.

    Some were ahead of their times, others ideas were just plain bad. This is a nod to the off-kilter geniuses who have come up short on success. From turbine powered cars to lethal medicine and floating houses, these visionaries all had plans that utterly failed.

    Running time 45 Min.

  • Star Clock BC: Antikythera Mechanism

    Over a century ago, sponge divers recovered an extremely complex mechanical device from a shipwreck. Hidden among a rich cache of bronze and marble statues, glassware and amphorae was a mechanism the size of a shoe box. Inside the mechanism were mathematical gears and pointers.

    The Ancient Greeks were known to be philosophers, poets, and mathematicians but there was nothing in the archaeological record to suggest that they were also technicians capable of creating something so complex. It has taken researchers 100 years to understand what the mechanism does.

    Dubbed the Antikythera mechanism (for the location of the shipwreck from which it came), the device is considered the world's first computer, developed by the Greeks around the 1st century B.C. Scientists continue to marvel at its intricate system of gears which rival that of the most complex Swiss watch.

    Running time 50 min.

  • The Pirate Bay: Away from Keyboard

    This is a documentary about the largest and the most famous torrent website in the world - The Pirate Bay - and the story behind it.

    It's the day before the trial starts. Fredrik packs a computer into a rusty old Volvo. Along with his Pirate Bay co-founders, he faces $13 million in damage claims to Hollywood in a copyright infringement case.

    Fredrik is on his way to install a new computer in the secret server hall. This is where the world's largest file sharing site is hidden.

    When the hacker prodigy Gottfrid, the internet activist Peter and the network nerd Fredrik are found guilty, they are confronted with the reality of life offline – away from keyboard.

    But deep down in dark data centers, clandestine computers quietly continue to duplicate files. If you like the film please consider supporting the authors.

    Running time 82 min.