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Democratizing SurveiIIance TechnoIogy
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Rich Jones
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http://openwatch.net
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@openwatch
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http://github.com/Miserlou
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SurveiIIance TechnoIogy
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Ìt's here to stay.
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The benefits to society are too great
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Ever have a bike stolen?
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Didn't you wish there was a camera there?
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There are some major downsides
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So long, privacy!
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We are probably going to have to get used to this.
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The ReaI ProbIem
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The problem is the lopsided distribution of who
is in control of this technology.
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Surveillance technology is currently only in the
hands of those who are already in power, which
means it cannot be used to combat the largest
problem facing modern society: abuse of
power.
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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
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The SoIution!
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Democratizing Surveillance Technology
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Private citizens recording public officals
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Reverse Surveillance / ¨Sousveillance¨
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Transparency By Force
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Current players in this space
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CopWatch
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Regional groups of organized activists
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WikiLeaks
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Leaked internal documents
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Quick PoII
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How many of you have ever interacted with the
police?
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Were you happy about your encounter?
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How many of you have a smartphone on you?
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OpenWatch
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http://www.openwatch.net
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Participatory Mass Sousveillance
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Lauched ~2 months ago, ~20 recordings
posted
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Rate of submissions increasing
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Cop Recorder 2 (Android)
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OpenWatch Recorder (Android)
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Cop Recorder (iPhone) (Coming Soon!)
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Apps
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OpenWatch Recorder and Cop Recorder 2
secretIy record media and anonymousIy
upIoad it to the OpenWatch server
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Ìdentities are removed before media is posted
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>50,000 downloads!
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~50 submissions/day, (1:75 S:N)
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No publicity/press so far
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This is the first public presentation on it ever..
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Usage Patterns
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Ìndividuals recording their own encounters with
the police/authority
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http://openwatch.net/view/994
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These people are just ordinary citizens, not activists
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Police deliberately recording themselves
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http://openwatch.net/view/1616
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http://openwatch.net/view/1176
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Police unwittingly recording themselves
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!"##$%&
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On 02/16/2011 at approximately 10:00 pm Ì was interviewed by my
commanding officer about an incident that was fabricated about me
by a fellow officer. Ì recorded the interview for my protection. Ì have
never used Cop Recorder 2 before and have since read on your
software that the interview Ì uploaded will be distributed to public
record. Ì ask that you pull this audio from public record to include all
names. Ìf it gets distributed, they will fire me for releasing it.
Because Ì was told to tell nobody about the interview. Ì thought your
software would save a file for me in my phone and that was it. Ì need
it for my defense criminally and would love if you could send it to me
but Ì can't have it publicly released or Ì will lose my job. Please let me
know if you found it. My wife and six kids depend on your integrity.
Thank you in advance.
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Gems So Far
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Time till search of vehicle: 1 minute, 9 seconds.
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http://openwatch.net/view/260
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Am Ì being detained? Am Ì being detained?
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http://openwatch.net/view/994
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Wal*Mart have their own legal system
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http://openwatch.net/view/1618
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Officers refuse to "rat" on fellow officers
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http://openwatch.net/view/1616
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Law
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Not too much precedent
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Varies
greatIy
greatIy from state to state
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Ìllinois: ~75 years in prison!
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http://reason.com/archives/2010/12/07/the-war-on-cameras,
http://reason.com/blog/2011/01/23/another-illinois-resident-char
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MA: ¨Ìllegal Surveillance¨
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http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/01/12/police_fight_cellphone_recordings/
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http://www.copblock.org/444/greenfield/
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Law
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Michigan high court ruIes for Dr. Dre
Michigan high court ruIes for Dr. Dre
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The Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of rapper Dr. Dre in a case involving a very important legal
principle ÷ whether the police have a right to privacy while performing their duties. The state high court said
no.
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The suit was filed by Gary Brown, now a Detroit City Councilman but formerly a high-ranking police official.
He and other officers were videotaped while threatening to shut down a concert featuring Dre and Eminem if
they showed a sexually explicit video. The video was then included in a DVD produced about the tour.
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The court, in a 6-1 ruling, dismissed the suit, saying that there is no right to privacy for police while on the
job. The implications of this ruling are far more important than they may seem initially because it explicitly
makes it legal in the state of Michigan to record the police while they perform their duties.
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This is incredibly important because cell phone videos of police officers have revealed misconduct, abuse
and lying on reports in case after case around the country. But in some states, like Ìllinois, it is illegal to
videotape the police in the performance of their duties.
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Michigan now has a clearly established legal right for what has become a crucial watchdog on police
misconduct.
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http://michiganmessenger.com/47523/michigan-high-court-rules-for-dr-dre
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Law
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Either way, it's kinda sketchy
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That's why the apps record media secretly and
upload anonymously.
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Use your head!
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!"#$%&%'"(
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The goal is not simply to shame bad cops.
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We have the technology and the resources to
record of all applications of authority, and to
show the real inner workings of government
and mega corporations.
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Julian Assange's theory of ¨Scientific
Journalism¨, applied to Citizen Media
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This is what a transparent, corruption-proof
society looks like.
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!"#"$%
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More users!
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Tweet this? :)
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More platforms!
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iPhone coming soon ÷ WP7? WebOS? Anybody?
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Adapt to a broader threat model
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Streaming technology
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More areas of society
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The skies?
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http://www.diydrones.com/ :)
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!"#$%&'
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Code is Free and Open Source!:
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https://github.com/Miserlou/Cop-Recorder-2
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https://github.com/Miserlou/OpenWatch---Android
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https://github.com/Miserlou/OpenWatch
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https://github.com/chrisballinger/Cop-Recorder-iOS
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http://www.openwatch.net
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Twitter: @openwatch
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Email: rich@anomos.info
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