Watching the Detective
From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, this year we’ve seen the huge role social media and mobile communications play in helping people share information, photos and videos of major events with the rest of the world. It’s a new and exciting wave of front line reporting, but it’s also been raising bigger questions about how we can judge whether we’re getting the full story. The French website Copwatch posts photos and detailed personal information about police officers, and as a result it’s been ordered down by law. But it keeps springing back up.