“Right Click” (NFB | National Film Board of Canada)

March 16, 2011

Type: Interactive Film Porposal
When: January / February 2011
Client: NFB, National Film Board of Canada / Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Collaborator: Raj Panikkar

Just a month after completing my first project for the NFB, I was gratefully asked again to submit an interactive film concept on the theme of privacy and our human rights. As a joint project between the NFB and the CMHR (Canadian Museum for Human Rights), our proposal, entitled “Right Click”, would engage Canadians and weave their own personal digital footprint into an engaging exploration of the our privacy and rights in a changing online environment. I had the pleasure to work with Raj Panikkar, a long time collaborator (whom you can see in the Peru photo gallery) in the creation of this proposal.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights enshrines for us several inalienable rights. In Article 12 it states that “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.” The Declaration was signed long before our current digital age, which has opened up a new universe of possibilities.

One of the challenges we now face is a direct threat to our privacy. The ease of information sharing and the rise of the digital economy have paired together to make our world the least private it’s ever been. And often it seems citizens are not even aware to what degree they are compromising their privacy. However, this age and this challenge also pose new opportunities; the topic is far more complex.

Right Click is an exploration of the various themes and issues surrounding privacy and human rights in a world that is rapidly digitizing. Right Click accomplishes this by taking each user on a personalized journey, using animated visualization, interactive video by thought-leaders and demonstration via user-generated data. Right Click will foster the debate and discussion through a variety of participatory means and encourage the user to investigate all angles of the widening perspectives.

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