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The future of video analytics for surveillance and its ethical implications

Adams, A. A. and Ferryman, J. (2013) The future of video analytics for surveillance and its ethical implications. Security Journal. pp. 1-18. ISSN 1743-4645

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1057/sj.2012.48


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 behaviour (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.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Computer Science
ID Code:31464
Uncontrolled Keywords:surveillance ; CCTV ; video analytics ; ethics ; regulation ; computer vision
Publisher:Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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