“How is it that despite compelling video evidence, justice can be so elusive for the victims of police brutality?” asks Peter Gabriel in an op-ed published by WIRED, encouraging the use of video in our legal system.
In the piece titled “Tech Can Make Video Evidence a Cornerstone of Justice,” the former Genesis singer says even though so much of our lives are being filmed in this day, very little of that is finding its way into political, legal or justice systems. Instead, the evidence in courtrooms is often based on our “fallible memories, spoken evidence produced long after the event” — that is proved to be unreliable and often reimagined.
“Justice flourishes in the light, in openness and transparency, in which the defense and prosecution are seen to be treated fairly and given equal opportunity,” he says. “Injustice is bred in darkness, in closed hearings and in a hidden process in which cozy backroom relationships can develop. In these situations, it is easy to put a slant on a case or prevent critical evidence from being seen or heard. The Internet revolution has exposed so much of what has, for so long, been hidden in our world. It’s time for justice to become a new focus.”
Gabriel goes on to encourage tech companies to create a “proof mode” on video evidence so that investigators, journalists and audiences to know whether a piece of media has been tampered with at all.
Read the full post here.