Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald


George Packer, Laura Poitras, The Keeper of Secrets. The New Yorker, Oct. 20, 2014

Democracy Now, October 23, 2014 on Poitras and Citizenfour

Profile in The Atlantic, Oct. 24, 2014, with Conor Friedersdorf

Amy Davidson, Why CitizenFour Deserved Its Oscar, The New Yorker, February 22, 2015

Astro Noise, Whitney Museum of Modern Art


No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State, 2014
GG: Why Privacy Matters, Ted Talk, 2014

GG @ The Intercept

Our Privacy Matters Project


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Leslie Shade (co-producer, writer, research consultant)

Why Privacy Matters: Youth Identity and Sociability
Our everyday lives are increasingly dependent upon the use of social media for communication with our friends, family, schoolmates, and colleagues. Social network sites such as Facebook,  real-time information services such as Twitter, micro-blogging sites such as Tumblr, video-sharing sites such as YouTube or Vimeo, are used for creative, constructive, or even mundane uses.  In our ever-connected world, it is more than ever difficult to disconnect.

While social media are ostensibly ‘free’, the personal information that we put on these sites is sold to third-party marketers zealous to monetize this data, or even to governments, law officials, and potential employers, eager to compile a dossier of our activities without our knowledge and consent. There are thus serious privacy implications and issues related to social media. How can we manage our personal privacy on these sites? How does the architectural design and terms of use — including of course privacy policies — impact the ownership of our very own communication and conversations?  Design and policy tangibly impact the security and privacy of our personal information related to data collection, retention, distribution, and control.

Many admonish youth for their supposed cavalier attitude toward their personal privacy on social media. But in our research we have found that youth have a very nuanced and smart sense about how to manage their own privacy and they possess a grounded sense of the interpersonal ethics surrounding social media communication. They have told us that they are often frustrated by the brazen attitude of social media companies who routinely change their privacy controls, and they have also told us that they want more of a voice in policymaking.

This film explores these issues, and brings forward the voices of Canadian youth, media educators, and academics. It is designed to serve as both an introduction to the various issues related to privacy, social media and youth and also serve as a provocation for youth to become more involved in not only shaping the social media landscape but in educating policymakers about their insights and concerns about online privacy.




Kurt Wagner, Ello Raises $5.5 Million to Grow Its Ad-Free Social Network, re/code, October 23, 2014

Charles Arthur, Goodbye, Ello? Searches for new social network collapse, The Guardian, October 14, 2014

Josh Constine, TechCrunch, January 22, 2015, Ello Pretends It’s Not Over With Video And Music Launch

Jack Smith IV, Ello Is Becoming a Real Social Network, Even as Tech Media Pronounces It Dead, New York Observer, January 28, 2015

Richard Proctor, Ello Founder Paul Budnitz Did Something “Stupid” … And It’s Still Working,
Readwrite, December 30, 2014

Steven Perlberg, Ello Hires Its First Chief Marketing Officer, Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2015

Ello Founder – How we are different from Facebook, CNBC, Dec. 29. 2014

Buzzfeed. Oct. 15, 2014. What’s it Like to Join a new Social NetworkVice Magazine. Feb 11, 2015. Ello: Is There Anybody Out There?

Vice Magazine, Feb. 11. 2015. Ello: Is There Anybody Out There?

Buzzfeed. Oct. 15, 2014. What’s it Like to Join a new Social Network

Funny or Die – Are You on Ello? Oct7,  2014

Millennials and Tumblr


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New York Times, December 21, 21014. Valeriya Safronova, Millennials and the Age of Tumblr Activism.

“Tumblr is kind of like a gateway drug for activism,” said Philip Howard, 44, the principal investigator at the Digital Activism Research Project at the University of Washington. “Once you connect to other people who feel strongly about race or crime or gay marriage, you stay engaged on that one issue area.”