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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?
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Enhancement not replacement of normal interactions
Apr 27, 2013 Ben P9
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Personal technology and social media should enhance normal interactions between individuals and services not replace them. Choosing to communicate with friends and family online will probably be in addition to calling and meeting up with them in person. Interactions with services such as law enforcement can be enhanced by using technology, e.g. providing photos & video or immediate witness accounts of an incident. During the Boston attacks, images of potential subjects were posted publicly using social media as a replacement to reporting the details to law enforcement. I believe this was due to the public wanting to help by providing information but not knowing what channels to send it via. This shows the disconnect between how the tech could be used and the system as it is at the moment. Governments should do more to create channels of communication with the public using the everyday tech people carry with them all the time providing it enhances the outcome rather than replacing it.


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