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On April 15, 2013 there was a tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon. Almost instantly pictures and videos of "suspects" started to appear on the web. Was this a good thing? Do you have concerns?
Constant surveillance has been contracted out to citizens
Apr 29, 2013 Stephan F

Consider the reaction that people tend to have to the omnipresent security cameras in cities such as London (eg. http://www.schnews.org.uk/diyguide/images/cctv.jpe), contrasted with the powerful feeling associated with the "citizen journalist", or the activist armed with a portable, high definition camera (http://generasiindonesia.com/foto_berita/16citizen%20journalist.jpg).

I feel like this distributed model of surveillance is a safer, freer, more democratic way of gathering evidence and intelligence because the authorities have to ask for cooperation from the public instead of controlling the data gathering themselves.

As far as investigating crime goes, I think the public is ready and willing to be evidence gatherers, but events like the Boston bombing prove that the public isn't the right entity to do the actual investigating (http://blog.reddit.com/2013/04/reflections-on-recent-boston-crisis.html)


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