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Five cyber films of 2016

Zero Days – Documentarian Alex Gibney offers a chilling account of the Stuxnet worm attack that temporarily sabotaged Iran's nuclear program, but also may have opened a Pandora's box, paving the way for future nation-sponsored cyberattacks against critical infrastructure.

Snowden – Director Oliver Stone and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt combine forces to portray the life of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – a traitor to some and a hero to others, after he leaked secret details of the U.S. government's electronic surveillance program.

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World – Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog consults with luminaries, such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk and famed hacker Kevin Mitnick, to gain a sense of how the internet, IoT technologies, AI and other technological advances are reshaping society and humanity.

Risk – In the follow-up to her Snowden film Citizenfour, documentarian Laura Poitras gets inside access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from 2010-2013, closely following the controversial activist as he publishes his latest troves of private government documents, and ultimately seeks refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy.

Jason Bourne – Matt Damon returns as former government assassin and amnesiac Jason Bourne, who discovers a CIA operation designed to leverage a popular social media platform as a mass surveillance tool. Although its portrayal of hacking has come under criticism for a lack of authenticity, the film nonetheless examines important cyber concepts such as privacy, metadata collection, data leaks and cyberespionage.

Bradley Barth

As director of community content at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for SC Media online conferences and events, as well as video/multimedia projects. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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