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The Great Hack was one of the wildest movies I saw at Sundance

[2019.07.12, Fri 01:30] The film anchors itself mostly on two figures, Parsons School of Design Professor David Caroll and ex-Cambridge Analytica employee and ostensible whistleblower Brittany Kaiser, with a cast of other touchstone figures like Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr. That's not how most humans think and the past ten years have proven that even the people charged with protecting users from these systems have very little idea about how they actually work or how vulnerable they were and continue to be to manipulation. So The Great Hack takes an earnest stab at laying out the basics of how Facebook and other online platforms were manipulated and compromised in order to fuel Cambridge Analytica's manipulation machine and, by extension, election campaigns and other public sentiment scenarios. The version I saw did its best to connect these topics with tissue that feels like it is linking the events with human counterparts involved. If you've been following the whole saga and reading news obsessively, not much in here is going to feel like brand new information. It is likely, though that there will be plenty that is new to a broader Netflix audience. The doc hits Netflix on July 24th. You should check it out for yourself. Google the news >>

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