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Docu about modern surveillance society

Published on May 28, 2013 by

  Interesting documentary, found on boingboing. Since I am wirting my thesis, I do not have much time to comment (hence the linkdump), however, feel free to add/comment..

 
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polling after an incident changes acceptance of surveillance in the states

Published on May 1, 2013 by

A poll is debated in the NY times, showing that, especially after the Boston attacks, acceptance of surveillance by the state has grown. On the topic of cameras; one sentence struk me: “There are cameras in stores and supermarkets. Our families would be safer and surveillance cameras would provide evidence to help agencies pursue people,

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Apps for safety?

Published on April 25, 2013 by

During Queensday (soon Kingsday) in the Netherlands, an app is made available to let people see the flows of the crowd during this (probably) overcrowded day. Where this sounds as a good idea. it does only work via the “critical -mass’ idea; the more people use it, the better it will work. This, though does

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FBI tracking smart- phones in the states

Published on April 9, 2013 by

Typically something that falls under the category of ‘less surprising but more worrisome than expected’? The FBI and Verizon (the min network-provider in the States) have be collaborating to develop tools to track smart- phones. See full article at wired.com source: wired.com

 
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Google Glasses as surveillance tool

Published on April 9, 2013 by

  The company TASER, famous for developing its very friendly police-tools, have spread a rumor about testing and developing Google Glasses for police officers to user as a surveillance tool (face recognition via direct matching of live view w existing database). The reporter in the story makes the often-made reference to Robocop as a close-to-now

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Drone use cause for increasing concern amongst politicians in the Netherlands

Published on March 18, 2013 by

Apparently, the police force in the Netherlands is, so far occasionally, using drones. Politicians are getting more worried about the use of drones, as its use is growing while there are no or little rules or laws in place. Some politicians are even worried about the privacy of citizens! (this is highly ironic, because Dutch

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CCTV in the workplace.. but to monitor what exactly?

Published on March 4, 2013 by

Unions demand the removal of cameras in the workplace at Hoogovens. The article (in Dutch) nos.nl

 
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Another report on violence in a nighttime district in the Netherlands

Published on February 25, 2013 by

  And just like the case in Eindhoven not long ago, , video footage is shared on social media sites. Mugshots of the perpetrators have been recorded by CCTV cameras/ still images of this footage has been spread.The image also holds a location and a time-stamp. This new marriage of surveillance and social media, however,

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The enforcer class of surveillance

Published on February 18, 2013 by

BoingBoing reports on a piece by Ian Welsh on the enforcer class. Their article can be found here as well as the lively discussion in the forum.  Although situated in the US and with a clear reason (provided here), I found it striking that while providng an analysis of the enforcer class, the solution by

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Trimbos article on the Bodycamera

Published on January 30, 2013 by

One of the SUN  team members has been interviewed for an article concerning the bodycamera in the Netherlands. (In Dutch). The full article can be found on the site of veiligengezonduitgaan.nl