The NFB's web series "Do Not Track" tackles internet privacy head on.


The National Film Board of Canada has animated the fourth episode of it's documentary series Do Not Track, which deals deals frankly with the topic of internet privacy. 

“A cautionary tale about the web as a menacing, all-seeing eye”
The New York Times

May 12, 2015 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada Press Release

The interactive seven-part documentary web series Do Not Track premieres its first animated episode today in its fourth instalment, entitled Your Mobile Phone, the Spy.

Directed by Brett Gaylor and written and hosted by Zineb Dryef, The Spy In My Pocket, features animation from Darren Pasemko and was inspired by informational films of the sixties as well as Sesame Street animations, with cut-out animation sequences created on Adobe Suite. In Your Mobile Phone, the Spy, the focus shifts to what happens to all the data gathered by smartphones—where it goes, and how it’s used. The episode also features interviews with web experts Harlo Holmes, software developer for the Guardian Project, and Rand Hindi, data scientist and founder of Snips.

It’s the second collaboration between Pasemko and Gaylor, who worked together on Gaylor’s award-winning 2008 NFB co-produced documentary RiP! A Remix Manifesto.
About Do Not Track
A seven-part series, Do Not Track is an eye-opening look at how online behaviour is being tracked, analyzed and sold―an issue affecting each of us, and billions of web users around the world. Viewers who agree to share their personal data get an astounding real-time look at how their online ID is being tracked.
The documentary episodes launch every two weeks, from April 14 to June 9, 2015, in four language versions: English, French, French Canadian and German.
Do Not Track is produced by the Paris-based production company Upian; the National Film Board of Canada; French/German public broadcaster Arte; and German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk. Distribution partners are Radio-Canada (Canada) and the digital news channel AJ+ (U.S.).

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