YFS Past Screenings & Events
This screening took place on
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 12:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre
Nicholas de Pencier’s expansive documentary Black Code examines the complex impact the internet has had on free speech and privacy. On the one hand, it has exponentially increased governments’ abilities to spy on their citizens, and allowed businesses to do the same; on the other, the fact that the web is largely unpoliced has made it a godsend for protest movements, allowing them a channel to counteract government and corporate propaganda.
Remarkably, not many organizations have seriously considered the social and political ramifications of the web. One of the few that has is The Citizen Lab spearheaded by Ron Deibert at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, whose work has ranged from assessments of the data released by Edward Snowden to uncovering Chinese hackers who had spied not only on other governments but on Chinese citizens, most notably Tibetans who had privately criticized the government.
- Directed by Nicholas de Pencier
- 2015, Canada
- 90 minutes
- Film Subtitled
Screening sponsor: Yukon Human Rights Commission