July 30, 2019

CTRL ALT DELETE: #209 Jehane Noujaim, Director of The Great Hack on Netflix


Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, who alongside her husband Karim Amer, directed the new Netflix documentary THE GREAT HACK.

It premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. It’s out now, and the Guardian has already given it five stars. The documentary uncovers the dark world of data exploitation online. It follows the personal stories of some key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal. Carole Cadwalladr from the Guardian who has spend years investigating, Brittany Kaiser who went from interning on the Barack Obama campaign to working on the Cambridge Analytica Trump campaign. It’s informative, entertaining with some pretty scary revelations. Even if you know a bit about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it’s fascinating to see the people behind it, and their individual motivations.

Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset. People and companies everywhere are in a battle for control of our most intimate personal details. THE GREAT HACK forces us to question the origin of the information we consume daily. What do we give up when we click the yes box on the T&Cs on social media apps? It is available to watch now on Netflix, I recommend a viewing.

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