If you’re interested in digital security, Edward Snowden, or the implications of government collection of user metadata (basically, what you click, where you go, who you call and text and more), then you’ll likely want to watch the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour.
It’s a chilling representation of the Internet, and it requires us – the users – to re-evaluate how we view our privacy in an age where it seems like we are living with less and less of it every day. Edward Snowden is a seemingly overnight celebrity for the digital age. He approached director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald to open the floodgates as it were, about the National Security Agency (NSA)’s involvement in mining user data with and without cause, both in North America and abroad. He swiftly became one of the world’s most famous whistle-blowers.
The question of the film: how much should the government know about you?
The answer: they already know everything, and they continue to know more.
Open source archive of important documentaries Thought Maybe has uploaded the Oscar winner to watch for free, and the decision to make this easily accessible has received a nod from one of the doc’s subjects, journalist Glenn Greenwald. If you want to watch this unnerving and important film, watch the video here.