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Monday, May 01, 2017

Film Notes: PRE-CRIME

Thanks to Howard and the Prawfsblawg family for having me back.  Apologies for quick first post, but I am just coming back from one of the cooler perks of an already cool job, being flown to the opening premiere of a documentary film that just so happens to capture most of one's scholarly interests.  I will admit that the red carpet at the Toronto HotDocs Film Festival has fewer cameras than the Oscars and my post-screening Q & A was far more substantive than Ryan Seacrest's usual questions, but it is hard to beat as an experience.

The film is PRE-CRIME – a documentary that exposes the world of predictive policing and big data surveillance (two of my favorite scholarly subjects).  The topics explored by the film involve the growing use of predictive technologies to forecast crime as well as new forms of mass surveillance technologies to investigate crime.  The film directors – Monika Hielscher and Matthias Heider – provide a wonderfully visual description of the type of technology I detail in various law review articles, making me wish I could turn all of my articles into documentary films.

If you see it come your way, PRE-CRIME is an engaging film. 

Posted by Andrew Guthrie Ferguson on May 1, 2017 at 11:10 AM | Permalink


Fun bit of trivia, the (likely) earliest example of pre-crime in fiction is in Through the Looking Glass when the Mad Hatter (now named Hatta) is jailed by the White Queen. First comes the punishment, then the trial, and last of all the crime.

Posted by: Derek Tokaz | May 1, 2017 12:13:46 PM

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