The Deep Web is a 2015 documentary from Alex Winter covering the Silk Road and the capture, trial and sentencing of Ross Ulbricht.
The film traces the rise of the Silk Road from its beginning, and its evolution as it grew much larger than its makers could have envisioned.
One of the film’s principle interviewees is Andy Greenberg (an associate producer on the film), who first broke the story about the Silk Road to the general public in Gawker, and who has followed the story from the beginning.
We find out about Dread Pirate Roberts, and the complex story behind this Admin on the site, who may (like the fictional character he is named after) have had many incarnations, and not be one person at all.
The film, while covering these subjects, also looks at the problems involved with privacy and the rule of law, and traces the history of resistance to state surveillance back to the Cypherpunks in the 90s.
We hear from many people, including people from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the FBI agents who uncovered Ross, and from Ross’ lawyer, and his parents who continue to fight for his release.
The devious ways in which the case was prosecuted and the sentencing to double life plus 40 years in prison without the possibility of parole was so out of bounds for a non-violent crime, that it can only have been given to send a message to the community.
For those who wish to send good wishes, or give help for Ross’ continuing legal battle, there is this page on change.org: Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website.
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