A panel discussion will follow with information technology author Shoshana Zuboff, film producer and Vineyard Haven resident Nina Flalkow, Guardian and Observer journalist Carole Cadwalladr, Oscar winner for “Born into Brothels” and Vineyard summer resident Geralyn Dreyfous, and poet and Vineyarder Jorie Graham.
Data, arguably the world’s most valuable asset, is being weaponized to wage cultural and political wars. The dark world of data exploitation is uncovered through the unpredictable personal journeys of players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data story.
“‘The Great Hack’: Film explores how online data affects public opinion”
Carole Cadwalladr, who broke the story and appears in THE GREAT HACK, looks at the fallout – and finds ‘surveillance capitalism’ out of control.
Carole Cadwalladr is a journalist for the Guardian and Observer in the United Kingdom. She worked for a year with whistleblower Christopher Wylie to publish her investigation into Cambridge Analytica, which she shared with the New York Times. The investigation resulted in Mark Zuckerberg being called before Congress and Facebook losing more than $100 billion from its share price. She has also uncovered multiple crimes committed during the European referendum and evidence of Russian interference in Brexit.
Shoshana Zuboff joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1981. One of the first tenured women at the school, she was the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration. In 2014 and 2015 she was a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Her career has been devoted to the study of the rise of the digital, its individual, organizational, and social consequences, and its relationship to the history and future of capitalism.
Geralyn White Dreyfous has a wide, distinguished background in the arts, extensive experience in consulting in the philanthropic sector, and participates on numerous boards and initiatives. She spent an early part of her career at the Philanthropic Initiative in Boston, which guides families of wealth in strategic giving opportunities, and taught Documentary and Narrative writing with Dr. Robert Coles at Harvard University. Geralyn is the Founder and Board Chair of the Utah Film Center, a non-profit that curates free screenings and outreach programs for communities throughout Utah.
Nina Fialkow is an Emmy Award-winning producer and a member of Impact Partners, a New York-based film funding group focused on telling stories around social justice. She is Executive Producer of The Great Hack which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019 and worldwide on Netflix July 24, 2019. Additional EP credits include The Fourth Estate (HBO, currently), Bending the Arc, Our New President, and Chuck Norris vs. Communism. An active member of the Boston community, Nina was appointed in 2016 by Governor Charlie Baker to serve as the Chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents.
Jorie Graham was born in New York City in 1950, the daughter of a journalist and sculptor. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently Sea Change (Ecco, 2008). Her many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She has taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003.
“An intentionally disturbing examination of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it both explains and offers a warning shot about the misuse of personal data and how that influenced past elections and might well do so in the future.” – Los Angelas Times
“That we don’t know what’s being done with our data is the scariest aspect of all this. The Great Hack hammers that point home quite successfully, even if it doesn’t have the guts to chastise us for our voluntary contributions.” – RogerEbert.com