Cullen Hoback is an investigative filmmaker with a successful history of illuminating the relationship between technology and civil liberties.
His film, Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013), was a New York Times Critic’s Pick, and has been seen by millions. Released before the Snowden leaks, it documented the relationship between major online corporations and the government, revealing how privacy is being eroded via 1s and 0s. Hoback has written op-eds for many journals including The Guardian, presented as faculty at The American Bar Association Anti-Trust Conference, and has appeared as a privacy expert on networks and shows including MSNBC, CNN, NPR, Huffington Post, Stossel, Glenn Beck and The Young Turks.
His latest investigatory doc, What Lies Upstream, was Opening Night Film at Slamdance in Park City and will be featured on PBS Independent Lens in 2018. Using science and regulation as exploratory tools, the film asks the question: Why is the system to protect drinking water in America broken? He is currently working on a followup to Terms and Conditions May Apply.
TED Talk: We Don’t Have a Privacy Problem
How private is our internet life? Recent news has shown that governments and businesses around the world are getting vast amounts of information which we willingly put online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other websites. Is this a dangerous problem or is it simply the way things are? Cullen Hoback talks about the problems behind this new cultural norm in this video.
Glenn Beck’s Show
Cullen Hoback makes an appearance on Glenn Beck’s radio show to lead a discussion about ISP data collection. If companies like Google and Facebook are already using our data, why can’t Internet providers do the same?
Listen to the full podcast below.
The Guardian: Cullen Hoback calls for US to grant Edward Snowden immunity
Cullen Hoback talks about what happened during the screening of his film in Washington, DC co-hosted by congressman Justin Amash, about the Patriot act and the USA Freedom Act, and why Edward Snowden deserves immunity.