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Three Netflix Documentaries that will open your eyes about your data privacy

Three Netflix Documentaries that will open your eyes about your data privacy

We're clear that our data, which we've so freely handed over to large conglomerates, is not secure, but few seem to care

Well, maybe after watching these three documentaries on Netflix you'll change your mind....

The Great Hack talks about the scandal Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, political consulting firm closed and declared bankrupt in May 2018.

The documentary centers on the intertwined stories of Brittany Kaiser (former director of business development at Cambridge Analytica), David Carroll, professor at The New School and Parsons and Carol Cadwalladr, British investigative journalist.

Cadwalladr exposed how Cambridge Analytica influenced the Argentine and US election campaigns – it boasted of having 5,000 specific data on every American voter – in 2015 and 2016, respectively, as well as the UK Brexit campaign.

For academic Shoshana Zuboff, the incident was the inevitable consequence of “surveillance capitalism“: a system based on collecting and monetizing our information.

What can be done? We don´t know a lot of. The data-driven business model is emerging as a systemic and structural problem that needs a combination of policy and regulatory solutions and is difficult to address.

In principle, social networks were created with good intentions for something positive. Nowadays, the statement can be questioned, as the documentary is scientifically based on how social networks are affecting especially young people and children.

The business model of social networks seeks to keep you glued to the screen, being them capable of modifying the way you act or feel (anxiety, discomfort, insecurity, low self-esteem, etc.) and interfering in your real behavior..

On the other hand, a like is a mechanism capable of measuring "popularity" that can mean a necessary "approval" to cheat your self-esteem (to feel better) and, in many occasions, to fill your loneliness and "dead times". The main lesson of the film revolves around the negative impact that social networks have on your life, behaviors and thoughts.

The intention of the documentary is to defend the theory that yes, we live with social networks, but it is important and necessary to educate ourselves about the problem.

The 1990s were marked by a boom in technological creativity, driven by the Internet boom. Did you know that Google Earth, the Google product, is the result of a plagiarism from a German company?

You've probably heard of Terravision. If not, you should tell you that it was a project whose owners starred in 2014 in one of the most controversial lawsuits in Google's history.. The trial, reflected in "The Code of Discord", a series released by Netflix in 2021, stayed away of the press in its infancy.

Representing bad news for Terravision, in 2001 the famous Google Earth would be created, for which Google began receiving lawsuits almost immediately: the technological giant had plagiarized the Terravision algorithm. By then, Art + Com had begun to explore options to claim compensation.

It wasn't until 2006 that Google representatives agreed to meet with the Germans to negotiate the Terravision patent. However, the Germans rejected the offer as too low, and Google Earth continued to work. Finally, Art + Com sued Google in court in 2014 for copying the Terravision algorithm patent.

Google's lawyers managed to prove through the popular jury that Google had not infringed Art + Com's patent, winning the trial. In October 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled against the German company, which sought to claim $100 million from Google.

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