Monday, February 9, 2015

Doing Research on Homeland?

Have you been reading Cory Doctorow's Homeland? Are you needing to write a paper based on this book? Or, are you interested in finding out more about some of the book's themes?

Here are three documentaries that focus on several of the themes of the book, all freely available online!

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (available from

This 2012 documentary tells the story of the internet collective "Anonymous". This film gives a detailed history of the movement as well as showing several of the issues they fought for. These issues include: Copy Right Abuse, Police Brutality, Online Censorship and the Arab Spring.

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (available from

Do you know who Aaron Swartz was? An internet activist, computer programmer, developer of RSS, founder of Reddit ... and the list goes on. Aaron also wrote the Afterwards to Homeland and helped Cory Doctorow develop several of the ideas found in his novel. Swartz's life came to a tragic end after federal prosecutors charged him for downloading articles from the JSTOR database.

Terms and Conditions May Apply (available for free on

How often have you read the terms and conditions of a website or online service you are using? Apple, Facebook and Google are constantly updating their terms and conditions, but do you know what you are agreeing to? This documentary looks into what online companies can do with your data. It also discusses how the government has used information stored on websites like Facebook. This is an eye opening documentary that may change the way you use online social networks and cloud computing websites.

Are there other documentaries you have seen that focus on themes from Homeland? Share them in the comments below!  

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