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The disturbingly shocking HBO documentary HACKING DEMOCRACY bravely tangles with our nation's ills at the heart of democracy. The film the Diebold corporation doesn't want you to see, this revelatory profile follows a tenacious grandmother from Seattle, Bev Harris, and her band of extraordinary citizen-activists as they set out to ask one simple question: How does America count its votes? From Florida and California to Ohio and Washington State, filmmakers Simon Ardizzone, Robert Cohens, and Russell Michaels starkly reveal a rotten system riddled with inaccuracy, incompetent election officials, and electronic voting machines that can be programmed to steal elections. Equipped only with a powerful sense of righteous outrage, the activists take on voting machine manufacturer Diebold, exposing unsettling security holes in the company's equipment. They even go dumpster diving at a county election official's office in Florida, uncovering incendiary evidence of miscounted votes.
HACKING DEMOCRACY takes a nonpartisan, clear-eyed look at the secrecy, cronyism, and incompetence of elections in present-day America as it captures a citizen's movement intent on taking back elections--and democracy itself. "It is hard to imagine...a documentary this season that is more important to the civic life of the nation--let alone one that is so compelling and ultimately moving" (Baltimore Sun).
Hacking Democracy tells the tale of a modern-day David and Goliath. On one side stand three corporations in the voting machine business, led by Diebold. On the other stands Bev Harris, a concerned citizen from Seattle. When touch-screen voting machines are installed in her community, she decides to do some research. Harris discovers that black boxes aren't exactly fool-proof-far from it. As technology experts attest, the code is vulnerable to manipulation. Worse yet, after-the-fact changes are undetectable. So, Harris forms a grass-roots organization and proceeds to dig deeper. If that means dumpster-diving, so be it. Starting in 2004, Simon Ardizzone and Russell Michaels accompany Harris around the country to document her mission. Over the course of three years, they find several troubling instances of corporate malfeasance and computer malfunction. Foremost among consequences, her findings lead the State of California to file criminal charges against Diebold. Since most American votes are counted by computer, this isn't a trivial matter. Like This Film is Not Yet Rated, which reveals the inner workings of the MPAA, Hacking Democracy sheds light on a secretive process that affects all Americans--even those unfortunates who can't be bothered to vote. After all, they still have to live with the results, accurate or otherwise. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
This is a must read for any citizen of the United States. You must see this. Our future depends on itPublished 21 days ago by Margaret K.
This little HBO documentary, nominated for an Emmy in 2007, follows the investigations of Seattle grandmother Bev Harris into the irregularities and outright fraud perpetrated by... Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by Robert Carlberg
Fast shipping, item as described, but most of all great documentary. This should be required viewing for all americans! We do not live in a democracy, our elections are rigged. Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by susankarami
I was blown away by this documentary.
It displays how easy it would be for people to hack into our electronic voting machines and change the vote count, and tracks many... Read more
This video reveals the limitations of voting techonolgy, and should be viewed by all informed voters to heighten awareness.Published on June 27, 2010 by texas voter
This is a tremendous documentary. Our democracy rises or falls on the integrity of our voting processes; that we've handed the tabulation of our votes over to unaccountable,... Read morePublished on November 2, 2008 by Jeff Tellin
This is a very good video that will open ones eyes to the problems of the voting machines now in use (and misuse)in this country, particularly the ones by the Diebold Corp. Read morePublished on September 15, 2008 by Ronald Johnson
This low-budget video Hacking Democracy makes the case for the real possibility of fraudulently winning elections with computerized voting by following the personal investigation... Read morePublished on September 11, 2008 by Virginia Dean
While many of the investigations high-lighted in the film are cases where the count favors Republicans, Bev Harris clearly states (in the film) that this is not a partisan issue... Read morePublished on August 28, 2008 by Robert R. Reece