Erasing David

Erasing David

On DVD: 
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Running Time: 
80 minutes

"Erasing David" is a documentary-slash-social experiment related to today's technology and how easy it is to track someone based on all the bread crumbs we drop: updates via Twitter and Facebook, random disposed-of receipts, orders placed via the Internet....you name it and anyone can be tracked. Even uploaded photos and text messages are geo-tagged. Given the right person and equipment, you could be tracked using a random picture that you posted via Twitpic. Scary, isn't it.

David Bond, director and subject, decides to "disappear himself" for 30 days while allowing himself to be tracked by two highly skilled private investigators.Using a combination of good old-fashioned street smarts and modern conveniences, these investigators will try their best to track and find David.

England is one of the three top surveillance countries in the world, China and Russia being the other two. Everything is monitored tracked, and I mean everything: online orders, health records, even low-emission vehicle travel patterns. The authorities like to pass this data collection as "just in case the police need it" or "what if you're too sick to give us all your information" explanations, but I think it's more than that. I'll spare you the politcal venting, but you get the idea.

Interspersed between David's "on the run" scenes are interviews that he conducted prior to the experiment. He interviewed top security experts, psychologists, even people who were wrongfully accused of crimes due to a mix up in data. What he finds out is that, if something is in a computer and has your name on it, it takes a hell of a lot of paperwork and patience to clear your name.
Kind of makes you want to go off the grid, huh?

"Erasing "David" is an interesting look at just how easily information is given and obtained by the simplest of methods. Have you ever keyed your name into a Google search field? The more you post, the more likely you're able to pop up in the most unlikely of searches. We've become a society of convenience and speed, but at what cost? David Bond provides a compelling case for making you think twice about using that Foursquare app.

The film was shot in first-person perspective as well as traditional interview styles and the soundtrack was brilliantly selected to provide just the right mood of tension and intrigue.

Great film and gives us all something to think about.

Review by Jennifer Isbell