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Are smartphones becoming the new law enforcement allies?

Boston Marathon Surveillance SocietySince the Boston bombing attack on April 15, US law enforcement authorities have been trying to collect pictures and videos taken by viewers on the scene with their smartphones, hoping to find clues and catch the culprits.

Smartphones are transforming each citizen into a mobile CCTV sensor. Despite potential misusage, this is a quite powerful transformation in investigation and traceability.

On the other hand, some new mobile applications allow users to send alerts whenever they witness a burglary attempt.

This is quite interesting trend that Lebanon shall embrace specially that video surveillance will always be confronted with political bias in the country.

Applications like Waffir are starting to dig into this, even if it is for energy and sustainable development.

I would love to get readers’ thoughts on that.