Surveillance Growth Impacting Society: Seattle Case Examined

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jun 16, 2010

Surveillance video used to be fairly controlled and limited but that's changing rapidly. Interestingly, it's not fault of the businesses and goverrments that usually are cited/blamed but the rise of personal video cameras. This will have significant impact on society.

A great example of this is a June 2010 incident with the Seattle Police (read background). A video captured, now on YouTube and embedded below, shows the incident. Relative to traditional surveillance, notice the high quality of the video, clear audio, close up-shots and the presence of at least 5 people filming the incident. Also, this single copy of the video has been watched 1 million times in less than a week since it happened:

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