Jun 1 2013

OPINION: Constant Video Surveillance

The Crowd and the Mob: Opportunities and Cautions for Constant Video Surveillance

An opinion by Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director of Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at U. C. Berkeley appeared on the Berkeley Blog:

“In addition to facilitating the “wisdom of crowds,” technology grows more sophisticated for automated surveillance, including face recognition and gait analysis. In the last decade, many cities have accelerated implementation of surveillance systems, capitalizing on advances in computer technology and funds available from the Department of Homeland Security and other public sources. Yet whether considering fixed cameras or citizen footage, the effectiveness of surveillance for crime prevention is mixed.”

Read the complete opinion.

Editors’ Note: The opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Piedmont Civic Association. 


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