One thing I saw on the Witness site that stuck out to me was the ObscuraCam. The website describes it:

ObscuraCam: In a world of viral videos and facial recognition, ObscuraCam helps you share photos and videos while protecting the privacy of you and those you care about. With ObscuraCam you can blur and disguise faces in your photos and videos. Information that could identify you as the cameraperson is removed from the files for added security.”

I think this is really cool and beneficial for multiple reasons, but I was particularly struck by the ability to remove identifiers of the filmer themself. Recording things like police brutality can often be very risky for the recorder because the police get very angry. In some instances, people filming acts of police brutality have been arrested for recording the scene. This could be a way to possibly mitigate that and help people to feel more comfortable recording things.

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2 responses »

  1. carlywinant says:

    This is great because I think privacy and remaining anonymous is important when it comes to recording protests, social injustices, etc. and it’s probably a factor that prevents a lot of people from recording/filming important things. Hopefully this will open up more possibilities and make people more comfortable and willing to film what they witness.

  2. ariatung says:

    When discussing recording of protests and such, I was wondering how people deal with anonymity. This could be a huge issue one can face, but this feature allows people to protect others and themselves. A lot of people probably do not think about privacy and anonymity when filming, but it really important to not invade other people’s privacy.

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