Re: Brin on Privacy

Robin Hanson (
Wed, 18 Dec 1996 10:26:13 -0800 (PST)

max m writes:
>I think that another big problem with this surveilance technology is
>that it is so easy to forge video, and it's getting constantly easier.
>With enough time and money you can make everybody do anything. How will
>you ensure when something was taped, if it has been edited, morphed,
>retouched or in any way altered. You only have to be avare of a camera
>to make use of it in your own interrest.
>Will cameras cover every concievable angle? How many cameras would that
>take? What would the storage reqirements be for that amont of video? How
>do we verify the content?
>If we started to depend on video for justice/truce we would see so many
>false examples that we wouldn't believe them anymore.

I'd guess the usual reason for trusting such videos is that multiple
independent sources verify the same results. If you walk naked down a
buzy city street, or assault someone there, enough independent videos
may be taken of you to convince a jury you did it.

Also, there are likely to be some "official" video systems, where
trust is generated by internal checks and balances within the
organizations that run them.

Robin D. Hanson