At the time of the release of this documentary, the 'case' of the main aggrieved party featured, Caroll, to find out the 'data' held on him, was - initially - successful (i.e. in Jan. 2019): so he - through his shown onscreen lawyer, Naik- actually 'won': but Caroll wanted more: viz. the source AND the basis of that revealed data held on him, that was used ('harvested') to create the behavioral predictions made (formatted) on him; plus the details of any parties with which that data had been shared - i.e. the curiosity to know how a "mass sentiment" change (as noted in the documentary) might be effected - but which failed (read, was frustrated) when Cambridge Analytica went into voluntary liquidation (administration), which curtails the case with no further defendant. See more »
Read the critical reviews here and ask yourself to what use we have put the hyper powerful computing power ,infinite memory storage and vast amounts of OUR DATA controlled by , literally, a handful of people. Granted it's mostly for commerce, selling us stuff, until it becomes selling our data to people or entities who clearly don't have our best interests in mind or at heart. And this handful of people cares not one wit to whom they are selling our data or what their ultimate aims might be. ??? leftist propaganda??? One need only look at the decidedly anti democratic trends sweeping the globe to understand how powerful the manipulation of people through the use of the data they surrender, either willing or not is. This film attempts to illuminate the dangers of weaponizing our data and using it against us to undermine democracy and how vulnerable we are to that sort of manipulation. There are real world consequences , Myanmar for one and those are bloody consequences. Propaganda is certainly the familiar domain of the fascists who currently hold sway. across the globe. Despite what the reviews on offer here proclaim this film is hardly propaganda , far from it.
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