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Policing and social media sousveillance

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In contrast to Surveillance, which means ‘looking from above’, Sousveillance is ‘looking from below’ implying common man keeping a watch on authority figures.
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Recently a WhatsApp video got a Tirunelveli police SI suspended. The video, probably shot by a concealed mobile, showed the SI harassing a couple for a Rs.1000 bribe. 

In Facebook there are many pages like the popular ‘Keep calm and film the police’  which the public post mobile videos of police intimidation, harassment and excess force. In the last month itself there were 3 videos of shooting fatalities, which got the involved police-men punished.

YouTube has thousands of videos on police bullying. One can also come across a few videos appreciating police, if one searches really hard! :)


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