A counter-history of Internet

A documentary written by Julien Goetz & Jean-Marc Manach, directed by Sylvain Bergère
First broadcast on May 14, 2013 on ARTE

A look back at the emergence of Internet freedom defence movements that have sprung up in reaction to growing regulation of the Web by governments and multinationals.

Internet was created by hippies while being funded by the military! This improbable culture shock gave birth to an area of freedom that was impossible to censor or control. Yet for years, that is precisely what a certain number of political leaders have sought to do, prompting hackers and defenders of freedom to enter the political arena.

This film shares the testimonies of many Internet experts: John Perry Barlow, a networks pioneer; Rick Falvinge, founder of the “Pirate party” which aims to defend Internet users’ rights and to legalize the free sharing of content; Vinton Cerf, the “father of the Internet”. And an exclusive interview of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange.