The 10 top documentaries to expand your tech knowledge
Lockdown means that most of us have burned through our streaming and TV watchlists over the last few months, so we’ve come to the rescue with our list of the top 10 tech documentaries to get your teeth into and top up your tech knowledge. If you love a great story and want to know more about the future of tech then dive into our list.
1. The Great Hack
“No one bothered to read the terms and conditions”
This thrilling doc explores how Cambridge Analytica data company came to symbolise the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election – featuring the journalist who uncovered the story, Carole Cadwalladr.
2. Deep Web
“The deeper you go, the darker it gets”
A captivating and insightful look into the murky reaches of cyberspace, shedding light on the arrest and trial of the alleged creator of Silk Road, an online black market.
3. The Social Dilemma
“If you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product”
This uncovers the effect that a handful of companies, including but not limited to Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have over the public; it is emphasized that a relatively small number of engineers make decisions that impact billions of people.
4. Silicon Cowboys
“We bought an entrepreneur’s manual to try to figure out what the basics were”
The story of three friends who set out to build a portable PC to take on IBM, the world’s most powerful tech company. Their company, Compaq, was the unlikely upstart that would alter the future of computing and shape the world as it is known today.
5. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
“Creativity is a lot about anarchy”
A portrait of Steve Jobs’ legacy, and our relationship with the computer. It unravels the larger than life myth he so deliberately crafted and examines the endurance of his values which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day.
6. Atari: Game Over
“Easy to learn, hard to master”
At one time Atari was the fastest-growing company in American history and taught the world how to game. Then it all ended. Find out how in this entertaining look at the complexities of the company’s downfall.
7. 11:YEARS – The Rise of UK FinTech
“Why you, and why now?”
The untold story of how, post-2008 financial crisis, the UK created an ecosystem that is the envy of the world. This takes you closer to the story of those who funded multi-billion pound startups and the founders of major FinTechs.
8. American Factory
“To stand still is to move back”
The first film produced by the Obamas’ production company. In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
9. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
“Have the monks stopped meditating? They all seem to be tweeting”
This examines the internet not as a blessing or a curse, but simply as a staple (and reflection) of modern life. Filmmaker Werner Herzog speaks to hackers and radio astronomers, entrepreneurs and web historians, to get a sense of how the internet has shaped our lives.
10. Riot On!
“Where the f*** did all the money go?”
The year is 2000 and investors are going crazy about a new mobile phone company called Riot Entertainment. Many high-profile companies, like Nokia, invest millions on this unknown firm. What could possibly go wrong…
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