During the movie night 'Innocently Infamous', data-driven chilling effects by watching the movie The Circle will be discussed. An expert will introduce the topic and the movie. After watching the movie, there will be a discussion with audience lead by the expert: What do you think of the movie? Is this a future we’re heading towards? Why (not)? What does that mean?
The Circle is a 2017 American techno-thriller film directed by James Ponsoldt based on Eggers 2013 novel of the same name. The Circle is the most powerful internet company in the world. The personal e-mails of the users, their social media, payment transactions and purchases are interconnected by a universal operating system. The result: everyone has only one online identity. A new era of openness and community spirit has begun.
Unfreezing Freedom Seminar
More and more people become aware of the endless ways in which our data is collected and used by algorithms to draw all kinds of conclusions. People feel digitally watched, worry that the collected data have a negative impact on their future opportunities and subtly change their behavior. Does a critical tweet about Erdogan lead to a refusal of you visa for you planned trip to Turkey? Could tracking of your surf behavior cause a future employer to conclude that you are too much of a job hopper? The inability to see through algorithmic decisions only increases the effect: we play it safe. The Unfreezing Freedom Seminar puts this increase in data-driven chilling effects on the agenda.