The Social Network (12A)
+ Presentation by Michelle Girvan
Network science pioneer Michelle Girvan will introduce the 2010 film that portrays the founding of the social networking website Facebook, telling the true story of its creator, Harvard computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jessie Eisenberg), and the legal battles, destroyed relationships, and personal anguish it took him to win 500 million online friends and become the youngest billionaire in the world.
Girvan will discuss how social media websites like Facebook, which have dramatically transformed the nature of human interactions, are invaluable to scientists because they generate and store massive amounts of Big Data which can be used to gain new insights into human behaviour.
Directed by David Fincher (Fight Club), the film provides a unique view into the emerging social phenomenon of our time. Also starring Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake.