As companies race to chase the federal money flowing into new police body-worn camera systems, predictive analytics should be a major consideration. Both police and communities should welcome smarter cameras that will ultimately lead to smarter policing.
In the wake of the Boston marathon bombing, Boston Police Commissioner Davis has called for more surveillance cameras, and press accounts report new calls for cameras from Richmond, Virginia to San Francisco.
The practice of using surveillance cameras to record our comings and goings is ever-expanding, and will certainly expand still further after the Boston bombings. A central question is whether we do -- or should -- care about our privacy.
The time has come to declare an end to this entire era -- of militarized racism, violent solutions to everything. Ending violence in our communities is a realistic focal point and immediately draws our attention to our bedeviled, militarized public education system.