Have a look at this- KnightscopeAutonomous Robots that Predict and Prevent Crime 

I talked about a future like this at the QSymposium this year and many of the international relations scholars looked at me like I was from another planet! It took about 48 hours for people to realise that what I was saying was not just the stuff of science fiction, though I admit to watching every episode of Dr Who by the time I was 10 years old. I graduated with a Masters of Transnational Crime Prevention in the Faculty of Law in 2009- this is exactly what I studied, especially with respect to the notion of "hot pursuit" and separately intelligence-led policing (although now it's a lot more fashionable to talk about evidence-based policing. See my panel chairing at this Human Rights and Policing conference. A small part of my own presentation on proactive criminalisation is here.

Is this the future we want?

Is it just me, or can't you see where we're headed with this stuff?

I'd like to think that the data being collected by this BOT was going to be used just for peace and security but that would be a pipedream!

C'mon people "startup of the year"? Do we give prizes for novelty and innovation without thinking what it all might mean in the future?

And please don't give me the rhetoric about a knife being used to butter bread or to kill someone... this ain't the same thing! This is abhorrent! 

One day autonomous data collection, the next a packed mule! Anyone remember this article? But then the way these things are marketed you'd think they weren't real! Well think again... I had the great pleasure of entering Boston Dynamics in June of this year and was greeted by the monstrosities at the front door. The packed mules DO exist, they just haven't been unleashed en mass!

Thanks for the link KMA- interesting these Knightscope guys were given airtime at PII this year. Correct me if I'm wrong- but aren't these the guys PII is raising awareness against? What a smokescreen confusing mess!

Now compare!

Darlek: "I was made to take orders..."

Dr Who: "What does that mean?"

Darlek: "I am a solider, I was made to receive orders."

Katina: "My point exactly."

Now compare to the narrative clip. 

Image:  IT News

Image: IT News

“We are going to have a lot of fun around the information management aspects of body worn video – let alone the more prosaic problem of how am I going to get this stuff from the field to a central repository with as few moving parts as possible."

Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/387109,nsw-police-cio-prepares-for-copper-cam-data-deluge.aspx#ixzz33S4pamm6

"...Interview with Mitch Jackson - lots more on Mitch Jackson here - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MitchJackson/about "

"...I wouldn't be surprised if somewhere down the line this [ Google Glass ] will be the norm....or whatever the mobile technology is."  - 2 April 2014 9:24AM AEST

Mitch Jackson provides an account of how he perceives Google Glass playing out across the legal profession in his state and perhaps across the United States more broadly. Mitch also provides feedback on a range of far ranging questions that included:

1. Mitch, which part of the US do you call home?
2. In your email signature you identify as a trial lawyer with 28 years experience. How is it then that you have identified as a #glassexplorer  and what does that do for your credibility as a Lawyer?
3. There have been some very public events of late that expose both the good and the bad sides of #glass  - what do you consider is the difference?
4. Have you or do you envisage in the the near future dealing with cases that involve #glass  legally in any way?
5. Where dont you wear #glass  ?
6. What has your Family reaction been to #glass  ? Rotary ? your sports associations?
7. When you say your involved with social media and #googleglass   in your G+ profile do you see these as separate entities or mutually complementary?
8. #glass  is at this point still a relatively unknown phenomena here in Australasia. What do you consider will be the impact of #glass  more broadly on the professional communities across Australia?
9. Given that society has changed significantly since the inception of the Internet do you have any ideas on what likely changes might happen with the functions and form of #googleglass  in the next iterations before it's public release?
10. What is the likely shifts in law and governance that we are going to have to tackle as a Society and internationally or even perhaps across all of humanity as a result of #glass  ?

WARNING: This 'film' is deeply disturbing

Abbot Lutz did not require sophisticated technology to execute his voyeurism on his child Marina...

I believe the proliferation of camera technology, beyond smartphones, will be (is) highly problematic for our society.

Sure, most people are decent... but some aren't.

Don't tell me the law will deal with ALL of the indecent.

 Too much data, too many recordings... police resources will be overwhelmed! 

"Someone took dozens of pictures and video of me..."  |
"But did they steal anything?" |


OKay... I know, I know... crimes against the person... I've taught cybercrime before in the Faculty of Law @ UOW... and yes... there are cyberstalking laws in some jurisdictions, and child pornography laws in others, voyeurism laws and the like... yadda yadda yadda...  


Hands free recordings through wearable cameras will be the reason for numerous new crimes of a heinous nature, never before experienced, witnessed, and onsold...


There now... I go on record as saying it, categorically.


One thing that has dawned on me as a result of watching this film. Lifelogging oneself has very different implications and consequences to lifelogging another. I can take 1,000 selfie photos but that is a different proposition to someone else taking 1,000 photos of me. In the same way, if I continuously take my own physiological measures and apply them to myself, it is very different to taking someone else's measures and keeping them for further analysis.


Lifelogging someone else impinges on their human dignity, and doing it exceedingly is a form of abuse.

Marina Lutz interview with The Guardian , and documentation surrounding The Marina Experiment can be found here. Below an interview with Marina about the project.

"...A lot of parents worry when their kids first start taking the school bus by themselves. What if they’re snatched from the bus stop? What if they get off at the wrong stop? What if the bus is hijacked? Well, while the Kidtrack system can’t keep any of those things from happening, it can at least keep track of which children are on which buses, and where.

Kidtrack was developed through a collaboration between Fujitsu Frontech North America, and IT/logistics company T&W Operations."

Read more


[ image: bloomberg ]

"...A hacker with a laptop watches a crowd of people from a distance, presses a button and 10 people grip their chests and drop dead. The hacker then walks away, leaving no evidence of the mass murder he has just committed."

Read more

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/consumer-security/fatal-risk-at-heart-of-lax-security-20121102-28ore.html#ixzz2BoaroWkn

Among the recent riots which have received global coverage are the London riots and the Vancouver riots of 2011. Are we moving towards a time when location information from your smart phone and posts that have been sent from your phone will implicate you as a participant of a given event? Could police intercept or simply collect real-time information from telecommunications operators and social media providers about your involvement in a given incident?

In the London riots, Blackberry RIM agreed to cooperate with UK police and the home office to identify and locate looters and rioters, and organisers of the public unrest. In Vancouver, police called on the community to take video evidence and submit it to local police for review and evidence towards rioters.

In a statement on Monday, RIM disclosed:

“[a]s in all markets around the world where BlackBerry is available, we co-operate with local telecommunications operators, law enforcement and regulatory officials.”

In response to the BlackBerry announcement, the BlackBerry Blog was hacked by a group that call themselves TeamPoison. The hackers wrote:

“You Will _NOT_ assist the UK Police because if u do innocent members of the public who were at the wrong place at the wrong time and owned a blackberry will get charged for no reason at all …. if you do assist the police by giving them chat logs, gps locations, customer information & access to peoples BlackBerryMessengers you will regret it…”


Could we be moving toward a time when police can gather mass surveillance warrants during particular emergencies or times of upheaval? Compare this with the notion of Hildebrandt's (2011) "proactive forensic profiling and criminalisation". You can find her book chapter abstract here: http://works.bepress.com/mireille_hildebrandt/37/ 




Social media and the Vancouver Riots...


What does this event say about crowd-sourced surveillance? Is this the redefinition of another form of community policing? Hundreds of cameras 'watching'... Tens of thousands of hours of footage in sum total...





Canucks Riot - Wilderness Eyes from Christine McAvoy on Vimeo.



Surveillance continues to challenge us with its ever sharper nuances... sousveillance here now to stay en masse.


I'm not defending the perpetrators... but such evidence gathering will now become "fashionable"... these pictures tell the story of the riots... but context is everything... and where context is missing or lacking the story can be entirely fabricated or misunderstood...


Compare photo and video taken from these riots and make up your own mind... whether automated recognition systems (biometrics) tell us it is the same person or not- the point is that this individual's name has been revealed... 


 "This fine young gentleman is !@ #@$ of Richmond BC. There are numerous claims that he was actually a hero and was trying to stop the destruction, but many videos prove otherwise and show him breaking the window of the BMO downtown." 



Source: http://blog.deliciousjuice.com/2011/06/16/only-human/ 

"Whether you are a private investigator, a member of a law enforcement agency or just an every day busybody who likes to know what is really going on next door (or even your own household), why not consider purchasing some cheap and easy to use covert surveillance equipment"... So the tale goes.

Watch this:

The line between what does and does not constitute a form of "cybercrime" is now blurring. We all understand traditional forms of cybercrime well (e.g. identity theft, credit card fraud, cyberstalking) but what about when those who are entrusted with upholding the law find themselves bordering on breaking the very laws they are trying to protect?

Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) are finding themselves in increasingly complex predicaments when using high-tech equipment. How is data captured and transferred to a storage area network. How long is the content stored for? Who has access? What logs are taken and audits on the stored communications, etc?  LEAs can no longer safely claim that because they are doing the "filming", the "listening", the "watching", the "tracking", the "tracing" that they are not in any way in breach of the law.

At the same time, LEAs are attempting to catch criminals who use this type of covert surveillance equipment to commit cybercrimes such as the creation of child pornography and the like. It is a dilemma of sorts with no easy solutions.


Next session I will be teaching LEGL952 titled "Cybercrime" for the Centre of Transnational Crime Prevention in the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong and will be challenging students to think about the law, new innovations and the social implications of using covert surveillance equipment for personal use, use by a private company (such as a personal investigator), use by law enforcement personnel.

Questions will be posed directly about the power of legislation in this high-tech age- Privacy Act, Surveillance Device Act, and Telecommunications Interception Act etc. For example, is the use of covert surveillance devices by community members legal? Is it unethical to spy on others to the degree that we can now track their every move or pay someone else to do it?

I personally disagree with the stance taken by some that claim that what we are doing today with this new gadgetry is the same as following someone down the street and observing them as we have done for centuries... there is something sinister about tracking an innocent person 24x7 and having up to the minute longitude and latitude information about where they have been geographically...

I am particularly concerned with the fabrication of data known in legal terms as "impairment". Some might think that it will be a far-fetched scenario to claim that people will be breaking into records in the future to change location data but all these things are possible. "Cybercrimes" will increasingly become more and more sophisticated as time goes on.

On October 31st 2011/ 1 November 2011 we will be running the 6th Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security at the University of Wollongong. Speakers from industry, academia and government are welcome to attend- more details coming out soon. If you are interested in delivering a paper, please get in touch with me directly at katina@uow.edu.au.


Mr Hyde said his comments were light-hearted, but added that society could embrace such a concept in the future.

"I'd like to microchip a lot of different people, just to be a little bit flippant about it, but I don't think that's going to happen," he said.

"I say it sort of flippantly, but who knows, because attitudes change so much?"


AuthorKatina Michael