28 Oct '11, 7pm

The Future of Riots

The Future of Riots

On 6 August, peaceful protests over the police shooting of a local man in London's Tottenham district exploded into full-blown riots . During four days of assaults, arson, and looting, some of London's thousands of closed-circuit TV cameras captured video of the violence. In the aftermath of the unrest, police officials began poring over footage in an attempt to identify suspected rioters. They even employed a facial recognition system designed for use during the 2012 Olympic Games , in London. But they found traditional investigative techniques to be much more fruitful than software, in part because many of the rioters had obscured their faces with hoods or bandannas, and because other factors such as poor lighting made it difficult to identify people. The presence of cameras was clearly not a deterrent to the London rioters. But will technological advances that seem pois...

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