What does the information we unwittingly share on the Internet say about us? Elizabeth Woodward, a producer of the Netflix documentary The Great Hack, spent the last two years exploring this question. “Data is recordable human behavior, a road map of who you are—in many ways, it’s like your soul,” she says over afternoon espressos at her downtown Manhattan apartment.
Before starting work on The Great Hack, Woodward, who is in her mid-20s and grew up in New York City before attending Brown, worked on the documentaries Afterward (2018) and Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017), as well as the BBC mini-series Black Is the New Black. She says working as a film-and-television producer is like “being a Swiss Army knife—you have to pull out different skills at different times.” The Great Hack, which was short-listed for an Academy Award for best documentary feature, traces the legal case of David Carroll, a media-design professor at the New School in Manhattan, whose efforts to make sense of his own data portfolio take him into the heart of the 2018 Facebook–Cambridge Analytica scandal.