Privacy Paranoia Parlays Into Publicity, Props

(Palo Alto, CA) – After working with the American Civil Liberties Union for a number of years, Micah Laaker was honored by the 5th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival for his contribution to the ACLU’s Pizza Surveillance Feature. The pizza feature took the top honor in the Civil Liberties category.

Using Macromedia Flash to animate the piece, Laaker developed the film last year to accompany the ACLU’s audio recording (which was intended to spur public reaction to upcoming personal privacy legislation). The film, which has been receiving a fair amount of interest and commentary online, highlights the vast amount of personal information that may be available to any business in the future, and subsequently how those businesses may choose to use the information to their advantage.

The film festival officially begins on Wednesday, June 1st, online and in New York. Individuals interested in attending the world premier can purchase tickets online ($10) for the showing at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 1st, at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. The films will also be displayed at the Walter Reade Theater’s Furman Gallery at Lincoln Center on June 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, and 19th, and additional screenings may also be available in your neighborhood.


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