sousveillance

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sousveillance

The recording of the environment from a person's vantage point in the course of everyday activities. Coined by lifecaster Steve Mann and pronounced "soo-VAY-lens," it refers to wearable cameras and vehicle dashboard-mounted cameras, whereas surveillance refers to stationary cameras on walls and telephone poles. In French, "sur" means "above," and "sous" means "below." See lifecasting, POV camera, dashcam and surveillance.
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On the other hand, in "'Sousveillance': Inverse Surveillance in Multimedia Imaging," Steve Mann describes sousveillance as a form of observation that functions through the gaze of individuals: "The word sur-veillance denotes a God's eye view from on high (i.e., French for 'to watch from above').
Pritchard, at 23, was too young to see himself as a historical figure, one of at least three larger-than-life videographers in the history of inverse surveillance, in which citizens turn the tables and monitor police.
This information was quickly reproduced and circulated via the internet and is now regarded by many privacy activists as one of the first and most influential examples of inverse surveillance. Clearly, symmetrical surveillance represents a significant step beyond resistance techniques such as inverse surveillance.