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Democracy: Im Rausch der Daten (2015)

Digitalization has changed society. While data is becoming the "new oil", data protection is becoming the new "pollution control". This creative documentary opens an astonishing inside view... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Philipp Albrecht Jan Philipp Albrecht ... Himself
Viviane Reding Viviane Reding ... Herself
Ralf Bendrath Ralf Bendrath ... Himself
John Boswell John Boswell ... Himself
Paolo Balboni Paolo Balboni ... Himself
Séan Kelly Séan Kelly ... Himself
Peter Hustinx Peter Hustinx ... Himself
Giovanni Buttarelli Giovanni Buttarelli ... Himself
Katarzyna Szymielewicz Katarzyna Szymielewicz ... Herself
Joe McNamee Joe McNamee ... Himself
Antoine Fobe Antoine Fobe ... Himself
Wouter van Ballegooij Wouter van Ballegooij ... Himself
Tanguy van Overstraeten Tanguy van Overstraeten ... Himself
Alexander Alvaro Alexander Alvaro ... Himself
Timothy Kirkhope Timothy Kirkhope ... Himself


Digitalization has changed society. While data is becoming the "new oil", data protection is becoming the new "pollution control". This creative documentary opens an astonishing inside view into the lawmaking milieu on EU level. A compelling story of how a group of politicians try to protect todays society against the impact of Big Data and mass surveillance.

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12 November 2015 (Germany) See more »

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Towards the end of the movie, Joe McNamee, the executive director of EDRi, is filmed while cycling through Brussels. At that moment, he was on his way to the United States Embassy. See more »

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How the EU works
23 March 2017 | by beormasSee all my reviews

Decisionmaking in the EU is a complicated process. The Commission prepares a proposal, the Parliament and and the Council have to agree to it. If they don't, they can make changes, until both can agree. This documentary shows how it worked for the data protection directive, focusing on the Parliament, it shows the difficulty of finding a compromise, lobbyists trying to get their interests to be included in the directive and the "hero" of the story, a member of parliament trying to coordinate all this and come up with a proposal that will get a majority.

Watching this will help you understand how the EU works, 89 minutes well spent.

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