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Camera Power
Proof, Policing, Privacy, and Audiovisual Big Data

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108407540


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  • Camera Power is the first book to tackle the policy questions raised by two ongoing revolutions in recording the police: copwatching and police-worn body cameras. Drawing on original research from over 200 jurisdictions and more than 100 interviews - with police leaders and officers, copwatchers, community members, civil rights and civil liberties experts, industry leaders, and technologists - Mary D. Fan offers a vision of the great potential and perils of the growing deluge of audiovisual big data. In contrast to the customary portrayal of big data mining as a threat to civil liberties, Camera Power describes how audiovisual big data analytics can better protect civil rights and liberties and prevent violence in police encounters. With compelling stories and coverage of the most important debates over privacy, public disclosure, proof, and police regulation, this book should be read by anyone interested in how technology is reshaping the relationship with our police.

    • Analyzes the major law and policy questions raised by two revolutions in recording the police sweeping America - the launch of police body cameras, and the rise of copwatching by community members
    • Serves as an accessible guide for legislators and other policy-makers, police officials, community members, copwatchers, students, and civil rights and civil liberties advocates
    • Offers a vision for how audiovisual big data analytics can better protect civil rights and liberties
    • Draws on more than 100 interviews with police leaders and officers, copwatchers, community members, civil rights and civil liberties experts, industry leaders, and technologists to offer a vision of the challenges on the ground and how to address them for the future
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    'Are police-worn body cameras a panacea for the problem of police violence and abuse? Or are they simply another intrusion into privacy that only rarely definitively tells us the full truth about police-citizen interactions? Relying on numerous interviews, close scrutiny of current policy and practice, and insightful analysis of the empirical evidence and scholarship, Fan provides by far the most careful and comprehensive description to date of the controversies surrounding police use of body cameras and the optimal means of using the data they produce.' Chris Slobogin, Milton Underwood Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University and author of Privacy at Risk

    'Body cameras on cops seemed like the obvious solution to social turmoil around policing. But as Mary D. Fan makes clear in this tour de force, police body cameras create huge problems of their own - the cost of storage, everyone's privacy at risk from constant surveillance. Comprehensively researched and engagingly written, this will become the go to book for anyone who cares about police, public surveillance, and privacy.' Barry Friedman, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law, New York University, Director of the Policing Project, and author of Unwarranted: Policing without Permission

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108407540
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: dual revolutions in recording the police
    Part I. Toutveillance Power and Police Control:
    1. Policing in the camera cultural revolution
    2. Copwatching and the right to record
    3. Democratizing proof, taking the case to the people
    Part II. Audiovisual Big Data's Great Potential and Perils:
    4. Audiovisual big data analytics and harm prevention
    5. Partisan perceptions: how audiovisual evidence and big data can mislead
    6. Privacy and public disclosure
    Part III. Frameworks for Moving Forward:
    7. Controlled access, privacy protection planning, and data retention
    8. Non-recording and officer monitoring and discipline dilemmas
    Conclusion. Beyond technological silver bullets.

  • Author

    Mary D. Fan, University of Washington
    Mary D. Fan is the Henry M. Jackson Professor of Law at the University of Washington. She is a former federal prosecutor and she served as an associate legal officer at a UN tribunal. Professor Fan was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2012 and is an Advisor to the ALI's Model Penal Code: Sexual Assault and Related Crimes Project.

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