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White hat hacking refuses the power of technological anarchy

by Critical Commons Manager

A blind computer hacker figures out the secrets of a universal decryption device, which allows unrestricted access to all vital computer networks. The tension between white-hat and black-hat hacking ethics is apparent, as the team playfully discusses bringing down passenger jets, shutting down the Federal Reserve, blacking out the national power grid, etc. This trope of the cinematic imaginary fuels anxieties regarding the power of a technological elite to control basic societal functions and public safety.

A universal decryption device allows access to all computer systems

Hackers with easy access to computer systems fuel anxieties about technology

from Sneakers (1992)
Creator: Phil Alden Robinson
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Posted by Critical Commons Manager