12 September, 2018
Enter the shadow industry of digital cleaning to meet five “digital scavengers”. Their job, like thousands of others outsourced by Silicone Valley, is to delete “inappropriate” content off the internet. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts. Yet underneath their work lie profound questions: what makes an image art or propaganda? What defines journalism? Where is the point of balance for social media to be neither an unlegislated space nor a forum rife with censorship?
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by Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck
The film was followed by a panel discussion with:
Fernando Ponz Canto
Deputy Head of Division for Mexico, Central America and Caribbean
European External Action Service (EEAS)
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