Wednesday, August 7, 2019

'The Great Hack' explores how online data affects public opinion including the Cambridge Analytica scandal

This morning, I ran into a report from CBS News that examined the power of Facebook and its ability to "move fast and break things," "The Great Hack": new Netflix documentary examines Cambridge Analytica scandal.

"The Great Hack" is a new documentary on Netflix. The film specifically sheds new light on the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal. Carole Cadwalladr broke that story for The Guardian and The Observer. She joins CBSN's Elaine Quijano to discuss the scandal.
As George Takei would say, oh, my!  This looks like a video I should watch and recommend to my readers.

MSNBC's Velshi & Ruhle also examined the documentary in last month's ‘The Great Hack’: Film Explores How Online Data Affects Public Opinion.

A new Netflix documentary called “The Great Hack” is looking at how your online data is used to influence public opinion and elections. The director, Jehane Noujam, and producer, Karim Amer, join Stephanie Ruhle to discuss online data and privacy amid Facebook’s record-breaking fine from the FTC. NYU Stern School of Business professor Scott Galloway joins with his take.
Carole Cadwalladr, Jehane Noujam, Karim Amer, and Stephanie Ruhle all touched on Facebook and other big tech companies being more powerful than at least some nation-states.  That's a feature of cyberpunk, which means we are living in science-fiction times AKA "SciFi is Now," as my friend Nebris would say.

I am finishing today's entry by sharing The Great Hack | Official Trailer from Netflix.

They took your data. Then they took control. The Great Hack uncovers the dark world of data exploitation through the compelling personal journeys of players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal.
I'm sure I'll be writing more about this documentary when I review the top political documentaries of 2019 and then next year's Oscar and Emmy nominees.  Stay tuned.

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