In the recent years, documentaries have been making a big impact on the topics of discussion we have in our daily life. Last year, Blackfish made headlines for highlighting the mistreatment of Orca whales, also known as “killer whales,” at SeaWorld. This year, it looks like the Edward Snowden documentary called Citizenfour, directed by Laura Poitras, might just be the next movie driving discussion. The Academy Awards lineup was released, and Citizenfour is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category.
The presentation given by Jacob Applebaum and Laura Poitras at the 31st Chaos Communication Congress has touched off a wave of articles about the places where the NSA either can or can’t surveil you. Concurrent with this talk Der Spiegel released over forty documents from the Snowden leak that support the technical points Applebaum addressed. These documents have touched off a running discussion in Hacked’s chat channel, and we’d like to share some of our observations.
Speaking today in Hamburg at the 31st Chaos Communication Congress, documentary maker Laura Poitras and Tor team member Jacob Applebaum (ioerror) confirmed some things we’ve feared, reassured the world on a couple of things that were shaky, and provided one somewhat shocking revelation.