Sousveillance and the Social Implications of Point of View Technologies in the Law Enforcement Sector

22 February 2012* between 9.15am-5pm 

Location: New Law Building Level 4, Faculty Common Room, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney 

Registration Fee: First 50 participants are FREE, thereafter entry is $50

Sponsored by the

* To be held the day after the International Conference on Surveillance in Everyday Life: Monitoring Pasts, Presents and Futures which runs from 20-21st February 2012 as is convened by Dr Gavin Smith of the University of Sydney.

Workshop Description: Policing today has become a high-tech affair; especially in the provision of incident event tracking and reporting systems increasingly being used to provide evidence in a court of law. These in-car video (ICV) and body worn recording systems are said to increase convictions and eliminate false claims made by defendants, providing documentary support to police officers and their associated actions in an incident.

But today, new technologies such as smart phones equipped with cameras and global positioning system chipsets can also be found in the hands of the everyday citizen, used to capture everyday happenings and distributed to social networks with global reach. It is argued that the traditional notion of community policing has been turned on its head—no longer strictly a strategy followed by police in positions of power in specific neighbourhoods, but a type of policing that has found itself in the hands of the general public.

The Vancouver Riots and London Riots of 2011 demonstrated the complexity of the new 3G mobile environment as thousands of images and video were recorded by police, protesters, perpetrators, and innocent bystanders. Telecommunications operators and service providers declared that they would collaborate with local police forces insofar as regulations allowed, and police called on citizens to act as informants to contribute images and video toward law and order.

The potential for real-time criminalization based on identity, location and video footage has been discussed as a plausible response by police using crowd-sourced surveillance, and crowd-sourced sousveillance techniques. With the proliferation of covert surveillance technologies the stage is set for a re-evaluation of existing laws and practices.

Origins of Sousveillance: Sousveillance is a term that was developed by Professor Steve Mann of the University of Toronto.


Workshop Convener: Associate Professor Katina Michael, Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention and School of Information Systems and Technology, University of Wollongong.







 Keynote Address: Professor Kevin Haggerty, University of Alberta 

Plenary Address: Professor David Lyon, Queens University 

 Confirmed Speaker List

Professor Roger Clarke, Chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation

Associate Professor Darren Palmer, Australian Surveillance Studies (AusSS)

Dr Saskia Hufnagel, ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS)

 Mr Alexander Hayes, School of Information Systems and Technology, University of Wollongong 

Mr Richard Kay, Founder of Modern Combatives®, provider of operational safety training to public safety

Mr James Pappas, Innovation and Strategy Unit, Department of Justice, Victoria State Government

Professor Nick O’Brien, Australian Graduate School of Policing, Charles Sturt University

Dr Jann Karp

Dr MG Michael,

Workshop Proceedings: A selection of papers from the workshop proceedings will be published in a special section of theIEEE Technology and Society Magazine. The special section in 2012 will be organised by the Editor-in-Chief.

Author Guidelines:

Author Schedule:

Submit Abstracts: 1 November 2011

Abstract Notification of Acceptance: 30 November 2011

Full Paper: 22 February 2012

Author Notification of Full Paper Acceptance to T&S Magazine: 30 March 2012

Publication in September 2012

Please submit abstracts and your interest to: or by replying to this post online.

Previous workshops* include:

2006: The Social Implications of Information Security Measures on Citizens and Business

2007: From Dataveillance to Überveillance and the Realpolitik of the Transparent Society

2008: Australia and the New Technologies: Towards Evidence Based Policy in Public Administration

2009: The Social Implications of Covert Policing 

Covert Program

2010: The Social Implications of Location-Based Services and Other Emerging Technologies

All workshops have been edited and convened by Katina Michael and MG Michael, save for the 2009 workshop whose proceedings were edited by Simon Bronitt, Clive Harfield, and Katina Michael.

All workshops were sponsored by the Research Network for a Secure Australia, except for 2010 which was sponsored by the IEEE. In 2009 the Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) co-sponsored the workshop.

The workshops have drawn internationally renowned speakers and have always encouraged debate on important matters pertaining to national security. Pictured below are keynote speakers from the first workshop in 2006.

There has been an ongoing underlying technology theme to the all the workshops such as featured in the photo below.

Proceedings from the workshops have also been published in special issues and special sections in:

- Prometheus (Routledge) in 2006

IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (IEEE) in 2010

Journal of Cases on Information Technology (IGI Global) in 2011

Journal of Location-Based Services (Routledge) which is forthcoming in 2011/12.



AuthorKatina Michael