Hippies from Hell are a group of hackers, techies, artists, writers and puzzlers. In the eighties they published hacker magazine Hacktic and in 1993 they started the first Dutch Internet-provider, xs4all, thus opening the Internet for the general public. Apart from this they throw wild parties and organize open-air hacker festivals, using the Internet as their social platform. On their mailing list they discuss almost every aspect of our technology infested society. The Dutch hackers, as the hippies were called initially, are a special group within the international hacker movement, which they helped create for a large part. more information about the Hippies from Hell can be found at hippies.waag.org.
In the film 'Hippies from Hell' by Ine Poppe artists play with hardware, young hippies hack their school-calculators, lock pickers open locks without a key: hacking is not just fooling around with technology, it is an attitude, an activity, a verb.
As of 18 june 2004 Hippies from Hell can be used according to the conditions of a Creative Commons License. The Copyright remains with Ine Poppe © 2003.
Waag Society has helped in the Video documentation of the last two big outdoor hacker conferences in the Netherlands. What the Hack was held between the 28th and 31st of July 2005. It was the most recent event in the sequence that began with the Galactic Hacker Party in 1989, followed by Hacking at the End of the Universe (1993), Hacking In Progress (1997) and Hackers At Large in 2001 in Enschede.
During What the Hack all sessions and presentation have been recorded by a team of volunteers. the resulting videos are available as downloadable mp4 files from rehash.xs4all.nl (temporary website). waag society hosts torrents for the same files at rehash.waag.org/WTH/
We also host torrents for a smaler number of video recordings from Hackers at Large. these torrents are available at rehash.waag.org/HAL_Videos/.