Netflix's Great Hack Reminds Us -- If you Don't Pay For the Product You Are Usually The Product

Last night, Netflix premiered “The Great Hack” which is based on the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Someone said, “If you aren’t paying for the product you are the product.” The threat of millions of data points based on you is dystopian. I don’t think the issue is we didn’t know we were being tracked but we failed to realize the number of data points are collected and triangulated and how potentially they can disrupt a democracy. I’m going to watch this now streaming on Netflix and comment more once I watch it. Today Wired had a great piece on it.
From Wired:
…“The film is bookended by professor David Carroll’s quest to get his own data back from Cambridge—a story WIRED told in depth—but focuses mainly on former Cambridge employee Brittany Kaiser and her abrupt and somewhat baffling decision to turn against her employer. Directors Amer and Noujiam follow her starting a few days after she quit the company in 2018. At one point she says the systems social media enabled and Cambridge used to influence democratic elections constitute “weapons grade” technology.”


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