Alex Winter Talks Bitcoin, Drugs and His New Film ‘Deep Web’

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CoinDesk managing editor Emily Spaven interviews director Alex Winter ahead of the release of his new documentary film Deep Web. Libertarian ideals, crime and citizens’ rights in the digital age – there are many themes running through Alex Winter’s latest documentary film, Deep Web, but by far the greatest focus is the story of Ross Ulbricht and his involvement in the online drugs marketplace Silk Road. Winter, best known for his role as Bill Preston in the Bill and Ted franchise, has long since proved his worth on the other side of the lens, having sat in the director’s chair on five films since 1993. His latest offering begins with a rousing speech by British libertarian and cypherpunk Amir Taaki, warning of corrupt fascists masquerading as “white knights”. Taaki enthuses that now is the time for the technological classes to take back their sovereignty. The movie goes on to explore the mysterious underbelly of the Internet – the hidden layer called the Deep Web and its anonymity-rich area: the Dark Net. It’s here that illegal drug marketplaces exist and where Ulbricht’s story begins. The film focuses on the arrest of Ulbricht, the charges made against him for his involvement in …

Bitcoin in the Headlines: Child Porn and Price Disregard

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Whils last week’s reporting was heavily US-focused, the coverage this week was more far reaching, with outlets from India and Russia mentioning bitcoin – even if in a negative light. Indeed the biggest lightning rod of interest this week was perhaps bitcoin’s alleged propensity for enabling illicit activities, with the use of the payment method in online child pornography transactions capturing the lion’s share of the media’s headlines. Interestingly this focus, however, did deflect from other negative coverage. For example, bitcoin’s relative price drop – usually a hot topic among the mainstream press – went mostly unnoticed. Child porn for bitcoin Allegations that paedophiles are now buying sexually abusive imagery on the web first surfaced this week following the release of the Internet Watch Foundation’s annual report. Unsurprisingly, it did not take long for the media to seize the opportunity to report on the link between the disruptive digital currency and the horrendous activities carried out by some alleged bitcoin users. A Google news search with the terms “paedophiles and bitcoin” brought up more than 80 results, significantly less than previous stories highlighted in this series, but still this week’s most widely covered topic. In his Guardian piece “Paedophiles sell child abuse images …