ROUNDUP: ROSS ULBRICHT GETS LIFE IN PRISON

Ross Ulbricht  (31) was sentenced to a life in prison for for his role in creating and operating  Silk Road, an underground marketplace. The sentencing comes without a possibility of a parole for  Ulbricht.

US District Judge Katherine Forrest  “gave Ulbricht the most severe sentence possible, beyond what even the prosecution had explicitly requested. The minimum Ulbricht could have served was 20 years,” writes Andy Greenberg of Wired, who has been following the case since the early days.  Greenberg has written extensively on the case and also appears in Alex Winter’s film on Ulbricht and the Silk Road called “Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin And The Silk Road.”

Winter was in the courtroom when the verdict was announced this afternoon in Manhattan. Winter said, “Everyone gasped,” when the verdict was announced to The Wall Street Journal in a phone interview.

“Ulbricht’s defense team has already said it will seek an appeal in his case.,” writes Greenberg in his article.

You can read more about Ulbricht’s sentence here , here and here. You can read what Ulbricht’s lawyer Jason Dratel had to say after the verdict was announced.

You can read the full report of Ulbricht’s sentence on Ars Technica.

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VIDEO: ALEX WINTER ON “DEEP WEB: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BITCOIN AND THE SILK WEB”

Filmmaker Alex Winter talks about his new film “Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin And The Silk Road,” that premieres on EPIX on Sunday, May 31, 2015. The film looks at Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, his arrest and the charges filed against him. The film also looks at drug war, fourth amendment and online privacy.

You can listen to the full audio interview with Winter on the film. This interview runs almost 40 minutes.

PODCAST: ALEX WINTER ON “DEEP WEB: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BITCOIN AND THE SILK ROAD”

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Filmmaker Alex Winter’s new film “Deep Web:The Untold Story of Bitcoin And The Silk Road,” highlights the story of Ross Ulbricht the founder of Silk Road, the underground marketplace,  his arrest, the charges brought against him, his trail, bitcoin, and the intersection of technology, privacy and law. A final veridct on Ulbricht’s case is expected from the court on May 29, 2015. Could Ulbricht become a poster boy just like Aaron Swartz?

Embedded in this film is a complex web of stories and issues that Winter raises and addresses. There are questions about who is Ross Ulbricht, what led him to create this underground marketplace, online privacy, the war on drug, Fourth Amendment, the way Ulbricht’s case was handled and how Ulbricht’s family is fighting back agains the charges. Then there is the whole story of Silk Road’s Dread Pirate and bitcoin. And if you zoom back at look at the world there is this whole issue of a fundamental change that is taking place in the world points out Winter. We are in the middle of a huge change that is not going to be an easy one he adds.

We sat down to speak with Winter when he was in here for the San Francisco International Film Festival. We spoke to him about the film and his fascination with technology. What is his fascination with technology? You will be surprised by what he has to say on the subject. His previous documentary”Downloaded” was on Napster.

LISTEN: ALEX WINTER ON “DEEP WEB: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BITCOIN AND THE SILK ROAD”

Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin And The Silk Road,” premieres on Sunday, May 31, 2015 on EPIX at 8 pm EST.

This audio is the full version of our interview with Winter.  We have a TV version of the interview coming up. Here is a highlight of the interview from our YouTube channel.

VIDEO: ALEX WINTER On “DEEP WEB: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BITCOIN & THE SILK ROAD”

Alex Winter’s new documentary “Deep Web: The Untold Story of BitCoin & The Silk Road,” screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, which is where we caught up with him to talk about the film. The film is about Ross Ulbicht, Silk Road, an underground market place, the war on drugs and privacy.

Ulbricht was “convicted of being the Dread Pirate Roberts, secret mastermind of the Silk Road online narcotics empire,” writes Wired. Ross is serving time in jail and is waiting for the final verdict, which will be announced towards the end of May 2015.

Winter wrote, directed and co-produced the film. Keanu Reeves provides the commentary for the film.

This is a highlight of a longer interview with Winter that we will publish later this month.