Raw footage for The 90's election specials. This tape is a continuation of Eddie Becker's visit to the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, followed by footage of a man attending a Masons convention, and interviews with author Bruce Sterling and Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow.
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00:13Copy video clip URL Inside the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, where money is printed. Manager says that there is no secret to the ink since it was declassified.
06:09Copy video clip URL Manager explains the security and close tracking of the factory. Mary Brown inspects the printed money to look for defects. The cameraman asks various workers about their tasks.
28:58Copy video clip URL Woman goes over the printing, drying, examining, and processing of money. She says the Federal Reserve tells the Bureau of Engraving and Printing how much to print.
32:33Copy video clip URL Ron Weese talks about the money factory, saying he was amazed by the amount of money. He is in Washington for a Masonic conference and explains some of the symbols on the dollar bill. He dispels the myth that the Masons are a secret society.
38:30Copy video clip URL Michael Bruce Sterling talks about marijuana. He talks about “hippies with computers,” people who are excited about the freedoms possible with the electronic landscape. “Hippies have been pushed off the cultural landscape.” He talks about the Craig Neidorf / Bell-South case, in which the hacker was jailed for distributing a classified document online. “We may see the ’90s as a digital ’60s…. This is a happening scene, baby.” He sees the computer underground as the new bohemia, the members of which are guinea pigs for introducing elements to society. He calls the hacker community “the first real cross-breeding of bohemia with really high technology.”
48:04Copy video clip URL John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, talks about censorship and property rights in a new era. He compares electronic property rights to physical property rights, highlighting the difference between horse theft and the current possibility of “theft” that copies, replicates, and maybe even increases the value of the “stolen” property. He mentions the Grateful Dead’s philosophy of sharing music. He says that there are already people out on the frontier and that many in the underground claim technology and progression as their own. He says there is no moral stigma in pirating information and that this will result in a struggle in which “a lot of lawyers will make a lot of more for a long time.” He says officials, not understanding the nature of cyberspace, investigate piracy as though they were investigating witchcraft. He says the goal of the Electronic Frontier Foundation is to make sure freedoms are protected in digital media. He says that every time there is a new medium developed, the government tries to erect more extensive regulations, mentioning radio and television. He also talks about the Bell-South case describing the document as a hacker’s trophy of seven pages in “bureaucratese.”
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