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This was a 90s TV show. I want to say it was by Gene Roddenberry and it wasn’t Earth: Final Conflict, but it was around the same time.

In it they used this handheld VR looking kind of Internet surfing, where they would use their hands like they were surfing with their hand outside a car to surf the web.

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    There was also the scene from Johnny Mnemonic (1995) when Keanu Reeves builds and uses a virtual keyboard/screen to get on the internet and do some hacking. youtube.com/watch?v=UzRjtvMQds4&t=78s
    – NJohnny
    Oct 30, 2022 at 6:24

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A few years before Earth: Final Conflict there was a TV series Tekwar, based on the William Shatner novels (at least in name); some scenes in episodes involved 'hackers' making odd, surf-like gestures while doing what was supposed to look like cyberpunk hacking (unfortunately, like a lot of Canadian made shows it was fairly low budget.)

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    Bah, you got me by three minutes while I scrounged up a screenshot.
    – Xantec
    Oct 29, 2022 at 2:43
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    @Xantec Well you both get an upvote; I spent 2 minutes looking for a good screenshot, and gave up because I didn't really want to rewatch it. :)
    – DavidW
    Oct 29, 2022 at 2:54
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You might be thinking of TekWar, based on the novels by William Shatner. There were four TV movies followed by a single ten-episode season. In the show they could navigate and interact with the "matrix" in VR with hand movements.

cruising the matrix

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