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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, should be watched closely, as one might ask where the boundary lies in sharing such images on the Web. It seems difficult to be critical towards this endeavour to call upon social media in helping to find these suspects. Chance increases that either a) somebody form the pictures is recognized by name, location, or scial group or b) the public display might force the suspects to turn themselves in.  It does awkwardly resonate with public scorn -politics (‘schandpaal’ in Dutch) of medieval times. One critical difference might be that in medieval times, once its was done, it was done (oke, either that could end up really bad, meaning you were really done, or you were released after a while). The question here is how long stories, and pictures such as these live on once in the digital realm. A second objection could be to aslk if it is really our task, and our responsibility as citizens to mingle in this case? The clear call for citizen responsibility als bears as a consequence a citizen jury, or ‘judgement’ that coms very close to vigilantism.. Being the devil’s advocate here, is not that exaclty the reason why we installed a police force and aa criminal justice system?

 

source: nos.nl

 
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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 Mr. Welsh is found in supporting anarchistic movements that destroy CCTV cameras (see my earlier critque on this project here). How does the destruction of CCTV cameras influence the enforcer class? At best, it helps them too in remaining untraced, or unfilmed? The locus of ‘power’ of this ‘class’ (I find it hard to imagine, though, who are in this class and how thus this class is defined – I’m afraid reality is more fluid and grey than defining an ‘enforcer- class) is clearly not, or very partially, in the physical CCTV camera, I would argue. Rather, this can be found in back-end systems and searchability of these systems (video-analytics, contents, categories, protocol and ever-changing standards). More thoughts on this later…

 

source: boingboing

 
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Trimbos article on the Bodycamera

Published on January 30, 2013 by