Bitcoins, blockchains and big data. The next version of the internet is just around the corner. But who has power over technology?
The internet is based on freedom and democracy. 'Information wants to be free,' as a new generation of hacktivists says, but the trend is going the other way. Monopolisation, control, monitoring and standardisation. But now, hacktivists have created the basis for a new, radical version of the internet with a new technology: Blockchain. And if you have heard of it but still feel alienated by the term, then this is the film for you! From bitcoins and encrypted communication to anarchist utopias. The technology is there, but what do we do with it? And what is the technology doing with us? In short, Blockchain technology makes it possible to decentralise the internet, where the current model is increasingly based on control and centralisation. And not just about information and communication, but also about money and human rights. The prospects are staggering. Alex Winter charts them in a tech film with plenty of philosophical and political drive. Wise up on a subject that should be a fixed part of the syllabus for everyone.