Hackers are fed up with the negative stereotypes that the media puts forth and want America to understand that hackers are not the bad guys but the ones protecting computer users online.
Nashville, TN (PRWEB) October 15, 2008
Does Sarah Palin think that Hackers Are People Too?
Probably not. Especially since the son of a Tennessee legislator, a Democrat no less, has been indicted for hacking into her e-mail account and publicizing his findings.
The question is then, is David Kernell, 20, really a hacker? Or was he performing modern Cyber-Civil-Disobedience and trying to find political dynamite? Or perhaps he was just messing around and thought his hack was 'cool'.
To most people, the word 'Hacker' conjures up images of nasty miscreants out to wage a chaotic cyberwar on the Internet. They build viruses, infect and destroy computers. They hack CNN, eBay and all sorts of big web sites and occasionally bring the entire Internet to a grinding halt.
Or, are hackers really a completely misunderstood subculture of society?
Independent filmmaker Ashley Schwartau addresses these and similar questions in her new documentary, "Hackers Are People Too". According to Schwartau, "Hackers are fed up with the negative stereotypes that the media puts forth and want America to understand that hackers are not the bad guys but the ones protecting computer users online."
The premier of her movie was simultaneously a stroke of genius, and incredibly courageous. She chose 08.08.08 as the debut at DefCon XVI, in Las Vegas, the world's largest hacker convention. Met with a standing ovation, Ms. Schwartau's work has been thoroughly endorsed by the hacking community; for the first time, hackers were given the chance to speak out against the negative press, giving the American public an inside glance into the hacker community in their own words.
According to the young filmmaker, "I wanted the film to introduce an underappreciated subculture to the average computer-using public, letting the hackers speak for themselves, and show everyone who they really are.
"The editing was crisp and the characters all seemed to speak freely and naturally, the sign of a talented director." (Independent Film Reviews) "A succinct ambassador from the hacker culture." (Hacker think tank HackerPimps).