Perhaps most people would not expect to see a movie review on an encryption company’s website, but this movie has a powerful message about where technology and widespread surveillance may be leading us. Consider it the current day equivalent of George Orwell’s masterpiece, 1984. In that book and subsequent movie, Big Brother is watching and controlling everyone. Any expression of individuality, no matter the form, is prohibited. George Orwell is generally credited with coining the term, Big Brother.
But this review is not about the movie, “1984”. It is about a new Netflix release titled, “Anon.” The premise of the movie is that every action of every individual is recorded and can be played back at any time to determine culpability in crimes and what are termed, “sub-crimes.” These sub-crimes appear to be actions that precede the committing of a real crime. When a person is accused of a crime, special investigators are brought in the review the record of the crime itself and the events leading up to it.
For example, in one scene, a man is accused of shooting another man. The accused claims self-defense, he claims he thought the victim was reaching for a weapon. The investigators look further back in the record of the accused and find that he had several drinks in a bar just before the shooting. The sub-crime, if I am interpreting it correctly, is the drinking which impairs later judgement.
As the main character, a detective played by Clive Owen, walks or drives, everything and everyone he sees generates a stream of data that he can see and read. The plot really takes off when he is walking to work, and a woman is going the opposite way. Instead of the usual data, he sees, “Error: Unknown.” How can that be? Everyone is supposed to be in the system.
Food for thought…
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Now to the point of this post. In one scene, the police commissioner states that, “Anonymity is the enemy.” He opines that they cannot control what they cannot see. A chilling thought indeed. Towards the end, the woman without a digital record (or imprint) who is played by Amanda Seyfried, utters a very interesting line, “It's not that I have anything to hide, it's that I don’t have anything I want anyone to see.”
This is precisely the point when it comes to freedom of speech and expression. When anonymity and privacy become compromised, many will hesitate to speak out for fear of reprisal. As we at CRIP.TO believe, freedom of speech is the very foundation of true democracies. When people no longer feel free to speak out for fear of reprisal, then true democracy cannot flourish. Sometimes, a person needs or wants to protect their identity when communicating.
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