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The Great Hack (2019)

TV-MA | | Documentary | 24 July 2019 (USA)
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The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the roles of several affected persons.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Brittany Kaiser ... Herself - Former Director of Business Development for Cambridge Analytica
David Carroll ... Himself - Associate Professor, Parsons School of Design
Paul-Olivier Dehaye ... Himself - Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower
Ravi Naik ... Himself - Data Rights Solicitor
Julian Wheatland ... Himself - Former COO / CFO, Cambridge Analytica / SCL
Carole Cadwalladr ... Herself - Investigative Journalist for The Guardian
Paul Hilder ... Himself - Writer / Political Technologist
Christopher Wylie ... Himself - Former Cambridge Analytica Employee and Whistleblower
Emma Graham-Harrison ... Herself - International Affairs Correspondent, The Observer
Gill Phillips ... Herself - Legal Counsel, The Guardian
Sarah Donaldson ... Herself - Arts Editor, The Observer
Roger McNamee ... Himself - Early Facebook Investor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Bannon ... Himself - Former Chief Executive, Trump Campaign (archive footage)
Jamie Bartlett Jamie Bartlett ... Himself (archive footage)
Gerard Batten ... Himself - Member of European Parliament (archive footage)
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The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the roles of several affected persons.

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They Took Your Data. Then They Took Control.

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USA

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24 July 2019 (USA) See more »

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Black Rock City, Nevada, USA See more »

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Herself - Former Director of Business Development for Cambridge Analytica: [in front of committee of inquiry] I have been offered introductions to clients that I refused to meet with before, such as the Alternative for Germany and Marine Le Pen's campaign. I refused to even get on the phone call with them.
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Entertaining an educational takedown of Cambridge Analytics and Facebook. And a caution for us all.
30 July 2019 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"If you run campaigns designed to undermine people's ability to make free choices and to understand what is real and not real, you are undermining democracy and treating voters in the same way as you are treating terrorists." Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower.

Don't cancel your Facebook account just yet even though The Great Hack does a credible job exposing its abuse of privacy data for each of us. This carefully thought out and smoothly presented Netflix exposition of Cambridge Analytica's effective data shenanigans during the 2016 presidential election and pre-Brexit initiative is informative and entertaining, just like a good doc should be. Harvesting information on more than 50 million Facebookers is impressive and scary.

The major player here is Brittany Kaiser, the former director of business development for Cambridge Analytics, a defunct political data outfit; she turns on the company after serious soul searching. Like many of us as well, playing with psycho data on millions of subscribers to direct them to either trump or Brexit seems beyond the pale of democratic social media that should be neutral at all times. As for Kaiser, well, she's a hired gun who worked for Clinton before Cambridge-in her I don't trust.

Although Kaiser could be held up to intense scrutiny for the Trump campaign and Brexit, her meeting with Wikileaks' Julian Assange and his subsequent disclosures about Hillary Clinton seem to damn her just as well. Yet, she is contrite here, seemingly trying to right the wrongs of the cyber terrorism Cambridge Analytics clearly fomented. Anyway, the intrigue is unusually ripe for a documentary.

Besides the narrative magnetism of Cambridge's targeted messaging and psychographic manipulating is the caution for those of us who are lucky just to be able to write a word document-watch your identity ever so carefully. Current technology can know us and our personalities with thousands of reference points just for us, some of whom are the "persuadables" who can be directed to political and social ends. The Russians are coming.


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