Big Brother, B Est Moi : Vancouver 's Post Riot Web Vigilantes

968 WordsNov 2, 20154 Pages
With today 's technology, it is easier than ever to record any event at the click of a button or swipe of a finger. Anyone with a smartphone or a camera has the ability to record whatever they wish, whenever. The power to record someone, whether or not they have the knowledge that they are being filmed, holds them accountable for their actions. At least, that was the reason police arrested Vancouver citizens who were recorded vandalizing city property by fellow citizens during the 2011 Vancouver Riots. There is much debate on whether or not individuals should turn in others to the police because they have video/photographic evidence. To some, this is not a question at all. After all, if an individual is causing public disturbance, shouldn’t they be held responsible and be punished by the law? In Navneet Alang’s article, "Big Brother, C’est Moi: Vancouver’s Post-Riot Web Vigilantes Can Be Tamed," the author cautions against this sort of belief, and suggest that a sort of “civic code,” or laws should come into existence to regulate who and/or what is brought to the law (Alang, 246). The power to use technology to involve the law in such scenarios as the Vancouver Riots raises issues such as that of anonymity, power, and what this could mean as technology continues to advance further. Following the riots, Vancouver police made an appeal to the British Columbia Supreme Court that requested any video and images that were received by media outlets anonymously should be turned

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