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Movie Talk: The Great Hack

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

A documentary about the dark side of big data and social media in the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and Brexit.

Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset. It’s being weaponized to wage cultural and political warfare. People everywhere are in a battle for control of our most intimate personal details. From award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, THE GREAT HACK uncovers the dark world of data exploitation with astounding access to the personal journeys of key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal.

Academy-Award nominees Amer and Noujaim (The Square, Control Room, Startup.com) continue their tradition of exploring the seismic ripples of social media with this riveting, complex film. THE GREAT HACK forces us to question the origin of the information we consume daily. What do we give up when we tap that phone or keyboard and share ourselves in the digital age.

NOTE: Because the entire film is nearly 2 hours long, we will feature key movie clips intertwined with a discussion.

Come watch and discuss the movie with pizza + popcorn!