An “Open Carry” Movement for Wearable Cameras?

Forbes recently published an opinion piece that I co-authored with Dr. Steve Mann, who founded the MIT Wearable Computing Lab and is widely known as the father of wearable computing. Titled “Body Cameras For Police Officers; What About For Ordinary Citizens?,” our thesis is that body-worn cameras for police officers are only half the solution […]

Digital Eyewear for Law Enforcement

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Bill Switzer, head of CopTrax, a division of Stalker Radar in Georgia.  CopTrax is making a name for itself as the first company to offer a software solution to law enforcement officers based on Google Glass. On Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, the Byron Police Department in Georgia–a loyal Stalker […]

Augmented Reality Gamer Detained By Police

For years now, in blog posts and in speeches across the country, I have been warning about the real-world implications of augmented reality games.  Primarily, I’ve focused on the risk of getting physically hurt while playing these virtual games. But I’ve also shared the story of an incident that happened only a few miles from […]

Justice Department Agrees: First Amendment Protects the Right to Video Police

I’ve previously argued in court briefs, on this blog, and in the press that citizens have a qualified right under the First Amendment to take and share video of police officers acting in the course of their duties in public spaces.  If we didn’t have that right, then people like the videographer who filmed the […]

Posting Videos of Police on YouTube: Protected by the First Amendment?

Every week brings another headline about yet another citizen arrested and charged with wiretapping or eavesdropping (or sued civilly for invasion of privacy) for recording police officers acting in the line of duty. Indeed, a 41-year-old mechanic in Illinois currently faces life in prison merely for recording officers issuing a citation. Social media offers a […]