'Ctrl' is a cautionary tale about the dangers of relinquishing our privacy online. It combines insights from history, sociology and anthropology and applies these to current-day developments, such as the massive scale of personal data collection done by major tech companies. It argues that to be free (of speech and even thought), requires that we maintain our privacy.
Since its publishing in 2015, many worrisome developments concerning (online) privacy have taken place. Prominent among these are the ongoing battle to save net neutrality in the US, and the roll-out of China's 'social credit system.
It was originally commissioned in Dutch by Mediahuis' Mindshakes, a platform for experimental journalism that ran from 2015-2017. Artists were given carte blanche to create a story on a non-fiction topic they felt strongly about. An English version later appeared on Cartoon Movement. Thanks to Stijn Schenk from The Graphic Story for the initiative, advice and mediation.
The comic can be read in its entirety in English below: