The Great Hack Review: A must watch eye-opener for those who missed Cambridge Analytica
Uninstalling Facebook and being more cautious about online data sharing can be a few of the outcomes after watching The Great Hack.
If you have not followed the incident that showed the dark side of social apps like Facebook, The Great Hack can be a mind-bending eye-opener. It can also be termed a real episode of Black Mirror that many of us have been through.
The Great Hack is all about Facebook meddling in the US elections and Cambridge Analytica acting as the engine of Trump's digital campaign. It features the whistleblower describing the incident as it unfolded. It is a 139-minute documentary directed by Karin Amer and Jehane Noujaim. They also directed The Square, which was released in 2013.
The Great Hack features Carole Cadwalladr, the investigative reporter from The Guardian who uncovered the dark secrets of Cambridge Analytica. She also contributes to The Observer.
It also features Brittany Kaiser, the whistleblower who tells the story for the most part, and Christopher Wylie, another whistleblower who used to work for Cambridge Analytica. David Carol, the professor who filed a case against Cambridge Analytica to return his personal data also makes an appearance.
You should watch the documentary if you are interested and curious about:
1. Facebook’s role in the US Presidential elections and how they affected it
2. Data and privacy rights
3. How users’ data gets harnessed (especially by Facebook) to be used for much bigger things that many of us are unaware about
4. Leave EU campaign and Cambridge Analytica's involvement in it
If you have followed these events, the documentary might roll out like a curation of events behind the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Since it focuses only on Facebook, I felt like it was missing the bigger picture that needs to be highlighted.
There are many other ways that our data is being collected and used than the one portrayed in the documentary. But, nevertheless, it can be a great start for those who want to know about online privacy, data mining, and to know about what happens to your Likes and Loves. You might like to watch the TED talk by Carole Cadwalladr that can be an extension of the documentary. Watch it here:
And do uninstall Facebook if you feel motivated after watching the documentary. A few questions that remain unanswered are: What happened to Alexander Nix and where is he now? Where is Brittany Kaiser? Have we taken any considerable steps to stop big tech giants from collecting our data?