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[[image:example-of-sousveillance.jpg|right|thumb|400px|Example of Modern Sousveillance. (CC BY-NC 2.0) by [http://www.flickr.com/photos/32110255@N05/6182262381/ brecav]]]
Sousveillance is a term first coined by wearable computing pioneer [[Steve Mann]] to describe the inverse of surveillance. "Rather than tolerating terrorism as a feedback means to restore the balance (of society)," says Mann, "an alternative framework would be to build a stable system to begin with, e.g. a system that is self-balancing. Such a society may be built with sousveillance (inverse surveillance) as a way to balance the increasing (and increasingly one-sided) surveillance."
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Sousveillance is a term first coined by wearable computing pioneer [[Steve Mann]] to describe inverse surveillance. THe term comes from the French "sous" (from below) and "viller" (to watch). To Watch from Below.<ref>Wearcam.org - World Sousveillance Day. http://wearcam.org/wsd.htm/</ref> Portable recording devices have given the general public the capability to perform sousveillant acts. To surveill as opposed to be surveilled. A citizen taking a mobile phone video in order to show evidence of a crime is an example of Sousveillance.  
  
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Mann calls the systems of Sousveillance and Surveillance self-balencing, pointing out that societies may employ Sousveillance  "as a way to balance the increasing (and increasingly one-sided) surveillance."<ref>"Sousveillance": inverse surveillance in multimedia imaging. Steve Mann, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Published in Proceedings of the 12th annual ACM international conference on Multimedia. ACM New York, NY, USA, 2004.</ref>
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Surveillance means:- sur (above) + viller (to watch)
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Small portable recording devices have given us the growing phenomenon of Sousveillance: French "sous" (from below)= "sousveillance" = To Watch from Below.<ref>http://wearcam.org/wsd.htm/</ref>
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[[image:uc-davis-pepper-spray-incident-4-perspectives.jpg|right|thumb|400px|UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident, Four Perspectives on YouTube, Uploaded by [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO4406KJQMc Andy Baio] on Nov 21, 2011]].  
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Example of Modern Sousveillance. (CC BY-NC 2.0) by brecav

Definition

Sousveillance is a term first coined by wearable computing pioneer Steve Mann to describe inverse surveillance. THe term comes from the French "sous" (from below) and "viller" (to watch). To Watch from Below.[1] Portable recording devices have given the general public the capability to perform sousveillant acts. To surveill as opposed to be surveilled. A citizen taking a mobile phone video in order to show evidence of a crime is an example of Sousveillance.

Mann calls the systems of Sousveillance and Surveillance self-balencing, pointing out that societies may employ Sousveillance "as a way to balance the increasing (and increasingly one-sided) surveillance."[2]

UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident, Four Perspectives on YouTube, Uploaded by Andy Baio on Nov 21, 2011
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References

  1. Wearcam.org - World Sousveillance Day. http://wearcam.org/wsd.htm/
  2. "Sousveillance": inverse surveillance in multimedia imaging. Steve Mann, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Published in Proceedings of the 12th annual ACM international conference on Multimedia. ACM New York, NY, USA, 2004.