How Protest Movements Can Hijack Surveillance Tech for the Public Good

Around the world, social movements are turning drones, wearables, and other surveillance tech against the state

An aerial photo, presumably taken by drone, of protests in LA. “ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER” is painted on the road.
An aerial view of Hollywood Boulevard painted with the words ‘All Black Lives Matter’ near the famous TCL Chinese Theatre as protests continue in the wake of George Floyd’s death on June 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Mario Tama/Mario Tama/Getty Images
This work is excerpted from The Good Drone: How Social Movements Democratize Surveillance, by Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, available from the MIT Press in July 2020.

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