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Hypergene MediaBlog » British Police Solicit Mobile Images from Citizens

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Thursday, 21 Jul 2005

British Police Solicit Mobile Images from Citizens

Directly following the incidents two weeks ago in London, mobile phone images and videos flooded into news websites, as well as blogs and photo sharing websites.

Now, according to this BBC story about today’s incidents in London, police were quick to move, like the BBC was two weeks ago, to solicit mobile images from citizens who witnessed to the incidents.

Authorities are beginning to tap into the same technology and desire of citizens to record and inform others.

While it makes perfect sense for citizens to help authorities in such a way, something about it seems troubling. It does not take much imagination to see how Big Brother becomes trumped by Little Brother.

Posted on Jul 21, 2005 | 5:16 pm EST
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