Based on Ronald Deibert’s book of the same name, Nicholas de Pencier’s Black Code follows ‘internet sleuths’ from the Toronto-based group Citizen Lab, who travel the world exposing unprecedented levels of global digital espionage and revealing how governments control and manipulate the internet in order to censor and monitor their citizens. The film shows exiled Tibetan monks trying to circumvent China’s surveillance apparatus, Syrian citizens tortured for Facebook posts, Brazilian activists who using social media to livestream police abuses and fight for justice and Pakistani opponents of online violence campaigns against women. As the battleground moves to cyberspace is waged, our ideas of citizenship, privacy, and democracy are challenged to the core.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Christof Tschohl (Research Institute AG & Co KG – Centre for Digital Human Rights) and Ceren Uysal (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights), moderated by Anna Müller-Funk (Research Centre Human Rights).
The event is a contribution to the Austrian Citizenship Days (www.aktionstage.politische-bildung.at) and is held in English!