UbiOpticon : participatory sousveillance with urban screens and mobile phone cameras
Foth, Marcus, Heikkinen, Tommi, Ylipulli, Johanna, Luusua, Anna, Satchell, Christine, & Ojala, Timo (2014) UbiOpticon : participatory sousveillance with urban screens and mobile phone cameras. In 3rd International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis), 3-4 June 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark.
In many cities around the world, surveillance by a pervasive net of CCTV cameras is a common phenomenon in an attempt to uphold safety and security across the urban environment. Video footage is being recorded and stored, sometimes live feeds are being watched in control rooms hidden from public access and view. In this study, we were inspired by Steve Mann’s original work on sousveillance (surveillance from below) to examine how a network of camera equipped urban screens could allow the residents of Oulu in Finland to collaborate on the safekeeping of their city. An agile, rapid prototyping process led to the design, implementation and ‘in the wild’ deployment of the UbiOpticon screen application. Live video streams captured by web cams integrated at the top of 12 distributed urban screens were broadcast and displayed in a matrix arrangement on all screens. The matrix also included live video streams of two roaming mobile phone cameras. In our field study we explored the reactions of passers-by and users of this screen application that seeks to inverse Bentham’s original panopticon by allowing the watched to be watchers at the same time. In addition to the original goal of participatory sousveillance, the system’s live video feature sparked fun and novel user-led apprlopriations.
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