By Rasha Abdul Rahim, Co-Director @AmnestyTech
If there’s one thing 2020 has underscored, it’s our reliance on the online world for social connection and interaction. For many of us, online platforms and services like Facebook and Google’s offered a lifeline during the pandemic, allowing us to stay in touch with family and friends, to move work and schooling online and to get up-to-date health information. But this convenience comes at a cost to our human rights, including our mental health, as is powerfully shown in The Social Dilemma, a new documentary released on Netflix last week.
The Social Dilemma opens our eyes to the way our lives are constantly monitored - and controlled – by these platforms. It’s the Truman Show on steroids, monitoring one third of the planet.