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The crowd and the mob: opportunities and cautions for constant video surveillance

Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS | May 29, 2013

Recent events in Boston highlight both the potential and hazards of ever-present cameras. In the hours following the April 15 bombing, law enforcement agencies called upon commercial businesses and the public to submit relevant footage from surveillance cameras and mobile devices. While the tsunami of crowd-sourced data threatened to overwhelm servers and analysts, it provided … Continue reading »

Human Rights Day: How social video changes the game for advocacy and accountability

Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS | December 4, 2012

December 10 marks Human Rights Day, commemorating the U.N.’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Durable protection of human rights requires institutional frameworks and the rule of law. But with the rise of social media — together with cameras now standard in mobile devices — citizens are gaining tools to bring … Continue reading »