Overall this was a satisfying glimpse into a world I don't know much about. The editing was crisp and the characters all seemed to speak freely and naturally, the sign of a talented director. The film runs in at about 45 minutes, but doesn't feel too short. Most of the footage obtained is from a recent Defcon conference, which is an annual conference where hackers convene for a big tech fair and party. I would recommend this film to just about anyone. It was fun, full of colorful characters and really interesting. 4 out of 5 stars.
As Rodney Dangerfield says, they just don't get no respect! But now Schwartau's latest film, Hackers are People Too is about to change all that. Schwartau has exposed this group of geeks for what they are, hilarious, sincere, and faster than a speeding bullet to kink the cables of black hats everywhere.So, mothers, when your little darling says he or she wants to grow up to be a Hacker, after seeing Schwartau's film, you'll want to celebrate!
Kyle Pierson, Mother, Writer, Educator
This is a community I knew little about and after watching this film, I do want to hug a hacker, I want to know a hacker, but I especially want to thank a hacker for breaking things, improving things, being curious, asking questions, and solving problems, and allowing me to safely use the internet. And I want to thank Ashley Schwartau for making this film and sharing this community she loves with the rest of us!
Tina F, College Student
This documentary is a succinct ambassador from the hacker culture; it snapshots their modern-day affair with technology, necessity to transcend established thought, and the discovery of family in unlikely places.
Hackers Are People Too is a great reflection on the computer security culture. Hackers are curious, they like to break things and build them back, they want to know how technology works. You’ll see many different hackers in this movie, and all share the same love of computers and electronics. Don’t be afraid of hackers, nearly every high tech product you use today began as a hack of an older system that needed a bit of improvement.
Marc Sachs, SANS Internet Storm Center
Hacking vindicated! Within the computing, hobbyist, creative design, and invention communities, as elsewhere, hacking has always been a positive thing, but the media and the less than knowledgeable computer security community co-opted the term and the concept, and the media embraced it because it was easier to tell than the truth. But now the misnomer has been torn away by the honesty of a new filmmaker, Ashley Schwartau, who has taken the direct approach to getting at the truth. Observe and ask the people involved. And the truth looks more like students in engineering school and their adult counterparts who never gave up the vision of rugged individualism combined with a sense of community that brought the world out of ignorance and into the information age. Enlighten yourself, and watch this movie. Then send your kids to join the industrious, interested, amazed, joyous, freeing crowd of investigative inventors in the Internet and elsewhere - the hackers!
Avoiding the technical aspect of the topic altogether, 'Hackers Are People Too' instead shows you the human side of the hacker community, introducing the viewer to an influential but irreverent subculture that flies largely under the radar. It's funny, enlightening, and entertaining all at the same time, and when it's over you'll have a completely new perspective on your friendly neighborhood hacker.
Matt Lewis, Angel Valley Media
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