The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Celebrity Hack Attack

Director Ramona Pringle made an appearance on TVO’s flagship current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin to discuss the recent celebrity hack attack, which resulted in hundreds of private images and videos of female celebrities being hacked and dumped on the Internet.

The story broke over the Labour Day weekend when users of the 4chan message board began sharing pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and others. Mainstream news and entertainment sites took up the story — and some linked to the images before taking them down amid legal threats and public outrage.

It was a hard to miss story.

“This is link bait, ” said Ramona when questioned by Steve Paikin about the backstory to the story. “Something that everyone wants to talk about because people know that it will get you the click on that story.”

The scale of the hack, and the targeting of women in the public eye, has revived the debate on social media about privacy and misogyny on the Internet.

“The real issue here is about being a woman on the Internet”, said Ramona.


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“We live totally digital lives, ” added Ramona. “We all have something that has been digitized that we don’t want to be shared… We all have something at stake if our privacy is breached.”

Ramona was joined on The Agenda by cyber law and privacy expert, Dr. Avner Levin of the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University.