The film exposes the creators of predictive policing technology.

Film fest sneak preview exposes privacy risks

Check out a sneak preview of the 27th World Community Film Festival at the screening of Pre-Crime on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Courtenay campus.

What if tomorrow’s murders could be prevented today? To predict a future crime scene and to prevent a murder seems like something from a sci-fi movie.

To make this possible, powerful computers and omnipresent cameras capture data from all sources, which is then evaluated and analyzed with the help of algorithms.

At the same time, citizens are transformed into carriers of recorded data; our every move, message and purchase is tracked and mapped.

Ratings of how likely we are to commit a crime are attached to our personae. Computers spit out lists of tomorrow´s criminals.

But what if it´s you who ends up on this list? What if the data is wrong or biased?

How can we be guilty of things we haven’t done? Who is, or isn’t, protected by the algorithm?

The film exposes the creators of this predictive policing technology.

We are the first generation to hand over to computers the control over our freedom for the promise of security.

Pre-Crime is a chilling wake-up call. A science fiction scenario, both fascinating and scary, has arrived in our everyday life. Welcome to the real minority report.

See the film trailer at worldcommunity.ca

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A thousand expected for Hitched wedding and event affair

This year Hitched is happening at the Comox Community Centre.

Darcy Sharpe wins first place in men’s snowboard slopestyle at Winter X Games

The two-time Olympic slopestyle bronze medallist is among 31 Canadians competing

Comox Community Baptist Church celebrates 40 years

“For the Lord is good and His love endures forever: His faithfulness… Continue reading

Famed brother, Africa inspire Comox artist Monica Meyer Huisamen

She already sold several works since this week’s opening at Milano

Decor details: Professional rental and design businesses deliver it all

Stop by the Comox Community Centre today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.!

Officials reaching out to those in contact with Canada’s first coronavirus patient

The illness has sickened at least 1,975 people and killed 56 in China

Comox Valley Beefs & Bouquets for the week of Jan. 21

Bouquets to and from the Adopt-a-Grandparent program; beef to people setting off fireworks

Kobe Bryant killed in California helicopter crash: reports

NBA star was reportedly in his private helicopter at the time of the crash

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Risk of coronavirus low in B.C. as first case emerges in Toronto: officials

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in B.C.

‘Presumptive case’ of coronavirus in Canada confirmed by Ontario doctors

Man in his 50s felt ill on his return to Canada from Wuhan, China

VIDEO: Drone footage shows extent of damage in Highway 4 rockslide

Tofino, Ucluelet still cut off from rest of the island, as crews work to repair roadway

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study

Dr. Jane Buxton, an epidemiologist at the centre, says drug users need more resources,

Most Read