The Future of Video Analytics for Surveillance and its Ethical Implications
Security Journal, Forthcoming
22 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2012
Date Written: November 12, 2012
The current state of the art and direction of research in computer vision aimed at automating the analysis of CCTV images is presented. This includes low level identification of objects within the field of view of cameras, following those objects over time and between cameras, and the interpretation of those objects’ appearance and movements with respect to models of behavior (and therefore intentions inferred). The potential ethical problems (and some potential opportunities) such developments may pose if and when deployed in the real world are presented, and suggestions made as to the necessary new regulations which will be needed if such systems are not to further enhance the power of the surveillers against the surveilled.
Keywords: surveillance, CCTV, video analytics, ethics, regulation, facial recognition, computer vision, cognitive vision
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