PRE-CRIME is a documentary that shows the role of the latest policing techniques to prevent crime using algorithms and big data. Besides the enormous benefits in terms of crime prevention and control, citizens are attached with ratings of how likely they are to commit a crime, thus raising issues related to the social and legal context.
Nowadays, every move, message and purchase are tracked and mapped: data coming from different sources are continuously captured by cameras or recorded by computers in order to be analysed through algorithms. The final outcome of predictive policing techniques is a list of potential future criminals.
But what if the data is wrong or biased?
This question opens the way to the dangers of pre-crime, a term coined by science fiction author Philip K. Dick, and triggers the need to think about the trade-off between security and civil liberties. The documentary aims to provide an insight into the opportunities and threats of these techniques, by showing them in action between Chicago, London, Paris, Berlin, Munich and other cities, but also by collecting the stories of those who have been affected by algorithms.
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