August 8, 2012

Predicting crime online and offline

Is intelligent threat detection the future of surveillance?

Can artificial intelligence accurately monitor social media and surveillance cameras for potential crimes or crisis events? That's one of the goals of an EU-backed research project known as INDECT. Researchers are developing new means of threat detection through artificial intelligence that will monitor everything from chat rooms to surveillance cameras for “abnormal behaviour”. But at what cost is it to civil liberties?

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Markus Barenhoff (@alios), vice chairman of Germany's Pirate Party, and Katherine Maher (@krmaher), policy fellow at Access.

What do you think? Is INDECT the future of surveillance in the EU? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using #AJStream.

In the second half of the program, Paulo Rená (@prenass), researcher at the Center for Technology and Society, joins us to discuss #MarcoCivil, Brazil's internet bill of rights. For more on the story, check out The Stream's coverage here.