Preface by director Melanie Peters
In 2018, Mark Zuckerberg was interrogated by the U.S.Congress. But whether that interrogation was successful, I doubt it. The members of Congress did not have enough knowledge and insight to be able to question the founder of Facebook critically about the way in which the company deals with the data of and about its users. The hearing in the US Congress took place after
the revelation of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. This consultancy turned out to have collected and used the data of 87 million Facebook users, without their consent, for political advertisements in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
Worldwide, including in the Netherlands, the interrogation of Mark Zuckerberg has awakened politicians. Do we actually have enough information to ask the right questions in the development of technology? Or are we staring blindly at the latest technological possibilities, while we have no eye for their impact on our society? If we want to understand what technology means to us, we must not forget to look at ourselves as well. Based on what values do we build technological solutions? And how does our use of the latest innovations relate to values we all consider important, such as transparency, privacy, or solidarity?