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Antitrust – Peter Howitt (2001)

An older film with a still contemporary story. In the early scenes we follow a group of computer geeks programming open source. There is one big software company buying all good ideas thus trying to create a monopoly while their ambitions for integration of software and devices become bigger and bigger. The privacy issue is not really addressed yet, but for the rest the film shows much of the dangers of integrated software that we know today.

One of the nerds goes to work for the big company and a nice discussion about open source versus big money unfolds. Along the line the young many of course starts to get an idea of what the big company is up to and creates a plan to unmask them.

“Antitrust” is a not too great thriller with a descent story that still makes sense today. And of course it is funny to see what were the hippest devices back then.

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