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Toronto International Film Festival Benedict Cumberbatch on Fire in “Fifth Estate”

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It could not have been more opportune time for the staging of the Bill Condon creation “Fifth Estate” where Benedict Cumberbatch was truly on fire as WikiLeak’s Julian Assange.

The occasion was the Toronto International Film Festival 2013; an event looked upon with respect and anticipation across the globe.

Toronto International Film Festival Benedict CumberbatchMovies have always been one of the greatest influences on the American and Canadian societies. As Andy Warhol once remarked; “It’s the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.”

If that is what the objective of movies are then “Fifth Estates” could be considered to be a resounding success with normal as well as elite cine-goers.

Main actor in the movie, Cumberbatch costars with Alicia Vicander. He plays Julian Assange and the story is all about the origins of WikiLeaks. As soon as the film marked the commencement of the 38th International Film Festival in Toronto, it was accepted with enthusiasm by the spectators many of whom were celebrities in their own right.

Success of the actor is not limited to “Fifth Estate alone”. As Clint O’Connor puts it; “The British actor is a 3-fer this year, also appearing in the festival’s other big buzz dramas: “12 Years a Slave” and “August: Osage County.” Just for good measure, “Star Trek In to Darkness,” in which he played the devious Khan, is also hitting stores on DVD.”

The movie revolves round the ongoing controversies over privacy versus transparency that market the revelations made by WikiLeak, especially about the government secrets. Rash of leaks that took place thanks to the media channel, put the government into many embarrassing situations in the past.

Fifth Estate starts with the sentencing of Bradley instrumental in leaking hundreds and thousands of classified documents including the continual travails of Edward Snowden, the whistle blower in NASA’s massive surveillance programs.

With his excellent acting abilities; Cumberbatch enlivens the character of Assange; an expert hacker and computer programmer that was able to create one of the most powerful resources for gathering secret information on the web. The movie portrays the character as a zealot that would post any document irrespective of the considerations about how many persons it would expose and to what effect.

“The Fifth Estate is an intriguing character study and ripped-from-the-headlines assessment of how far and how fast the new-new-new “journalism” has come. Cumberbatch’s Assange is a conniving ego-feeder who does not like sharing credit”, writes O’ Connor.

Supporting cast of the movie seems equally strong that has Daniel Bruhi portraying the character of Daniel Domscheit Berg, Assange’s associate in his moves. Heroine of the movie Vicander plays the girl friend of Assange. One should not forget that Vicander also stole the thunder in previous edition of the Toronto International Film Festival in “Anna Karenina”.

Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, and Stanley Tucci plays the character of state officials and extend excellent support to lead stars in the movie.

Gist of Google’s New Privacy Policy and The Controversies Associated With It

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The new Google privacy policy is due to launch at 1st of March, 2012. This privacy update has created a lot of buzz in the online arena, and has received mixed responses from the audiences.

Google’s new privacy policy is a summarized and condensed form of its prevalent privacies. The new privacy policy will cover all the policies that were concerned with all the products of Google, and now would be available in a generic policy document. The points which the new policy covers and which every internet marketing agency should know about are given below.

1. The Way Information is Collected:

The policy explains the way Google collects the personal information. The information is collected in two ways:

  • When a user signs up for Google account, then Google may collect information like, phone number, contact address, email address, or credit card information.
  • Google also collects information when a user uses its services, like the interaction with ads, website visits, location, search queries, and so on.

2. Use of Collected Information:

Google uses the collected information to improve its services. It can be in the form of:

  • Tailoring ads and search results
  • Contextualize future interaction with Google
  • Language preferences to enhance the user experience.

3. Access of Information:

The user can control Google’s access to information; its access can be controlled by:

  • Editing the ad preferences
  • Controlling the information associated with Google account.
  • Using the browser to block cookies that are associated with Google services
  • By adjusting the appearance of your Google account.

4. Visibility of Information:

Google cannot make the information visible to anyone unless it has your consent. All affiliates that will have access to your information will do so in compliance with the privacy policy.

Controversies:

Like any other update, this privacy policy of Google is also prone to controversies. The three major controversies prevailing right now are discussed below.

1.       People, who indulge in social media marketing platforms like Facebook, fear the privacy update. Facebook is known to discreetly change the privacy policy, and then the user has to work hard to stop the information from going public. The users of social media fear that Google might do the same with their privacy.

2.       Though Google makes it clear how it’s going to use the gathered information. However, for a layman, any thing that concerns his privacy is creepy and a threat to personal information.

3.       Although Google provides clear instruction how you can make your information private, yet securing the privacy would be a hard thing to do for a normal user, and ultimately he would have to rely on Google to take care of it.

Conclusion:

In short, Google does its best not to frighten the users with its privacy policy, but no matter how hard it tries, user will be frightened and cautious about any thing that concerns their privacy.