8 best tech documentaries on Netflix and more

Videos we like: Technology documentaries you should see

There's nothing like a documentary to help get your head around new tech looking set to change the world. We think these 8 documentaries on the future of tech are not to be missed, whether you stream on Amazon, Netflix or another service.


Time for a top tech documentary

You've made your way through what's trending on Netflix and cut through Amazon Prime's top films like a knife through butter. Now it's time to sit back and feast your eyes on the next big thing. These are our favorite tech documentaries of recent years.

The Social Dilemma

2020

About: Social media and data protection

Directed by Jeff Orlowski

Watch on Netflix

What's behind your Facebook? Is someone on the other side of your Instagram? The Social Dilemma examines our growing dependence on social media, how it's reprogramming the way we interact and insider secrets about how the companies work.

11:Years - The Rose Of UK FinTech

2019

About: FinTech

Directed by 11:FS

Watch on YouTube

The financial crash in 2008 set the scene for a new wave of British banks like Monzo, Starling and Revolut. Will they change how we interact with banking? Featuring the trailblazing CEOs of UK fintech, 11:Years looks at what banking could be if finance keeps going digital.

The Great Hack

2019

About: Data protection

Directed by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim

Watch on Netflix

This documentary uses the iconic Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandal to tell the story of how the powers that be use our data and control what we see. For extra reading, Kaspersky interviews Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Brittany Kaiser about her ideas for solving the big personal data problem.

iHuman

2019

About: AI

Directed by Tonje Hessen Schei

Watch on Modern Films

Is artificial intelligence the most powerful technology of all time? iHuman accesses the booming AI industry and uncovers fascinating truths on how AI could shape our future.

Coded Bias (above)

2020

About: Machine learning

Directed by Shalini Kantayya

Watch on Netflix

How fair are the algorithms that are increasingly part of life? Coded Bias explores what algorithms do, how they work and how they might embed bias. At the heart of the documentary are cyber-heroes of algorithms, the Algorithmic Justice League.

Do You Trust This Computer?

2018

About: AI

Directed by Chris Paine

Watch on Amazon

Stephen Hawking once warned that pursuing superintelligent artificial intelligence might jeopardize humanity. Do You Trust This Computer? asks whether that prediction holds water.

The Cleaners

2018

About: Data protection

Directed by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck

Watch on Google Play

The Cleaners follows the lives of five cyber guardians who monitor and delete offensive, pornographic and provocative posts on social media. Are they what stands between us and total online chaos?

For more stories on the people protecting our digital lives, watch our Defenders of Digital series.

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

2016

About: Future of the internet

Directed by Werner Herzog

Watch on Amazon

An award-winning director looks at the internet of our future in this beautifully shot documentary. A complete view of the evolution of the world wide web and what that will mean for humanity further down the line.

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