Alex Winter On The Deep Web, Silk Road and the Dread Pirate Roberts


Alex Winter rose to prominence in the 1980s, starring in hit films like “Lost Boys” and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” He later turned to writing, producing and directing, and has since directed “Downloaded,” the acclaimed documentary about the rise and fall of Napster, as well as his most recent effort, “Deep Web, the Untold Story of Bitcoin and the Silk Road.”

In this interview, Winter and The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur discuss:

– The origins of the Deep Web and Darknet as a haven for government agents, dissidents, activists and artists
– The parallels between the rise and fall of Napster and Silk Road
– How the Silk Road became the eBay of virtual drug sales
– The mix of libertarian absolutists, anti-drug warriors and high tech mercenaries who drove the Deep Web’s growth
– How manipulation by corrupt cops and DEA agents could have brought down the Silk Road
– The government’s “weird” case claiming accused Silk Road administrator Ross Ulbricht is the notorious “Dread Pirate Roberts”
– Are government investigators technologically incompetent or just lying to us?
– Cenk’s decisive guilty or not guilty vote in Ross Ulbricht’s criminal case