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Author Hadjimatheou, Katerina
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer Netherlands
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2016
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Philosophy & psychology ♦ Theory of philosophy
Subject Keyword Surveillance technologies ♦ Presumption of innocence ♦ Wrongful conviction ♦ Trust ♦ CCTV ♦ ANPR ♦ Police investigation ♦ Philosophy of Technology
Abstract The potential of surveillance practices to undermine the presumption of innocence is a growing concern amongst critics of surveillance. This paper attempts to assess the impact of surveillance on the presumption of innocence. It defends an account of the presumption of innocence as a protection against wrongful criminalisation against alternatives, and considers both the ways in which surveillance might undermine that protection and the—hitherto overlooked—ways in which it might promote it. It draws on empirical work on the causes of erroneous convictions to suggest that surveillance can be used in ways that prevent innocent people being erroneously charged and convicted with crimes, by providing a source of exculpatory evidence for use in police investigations. It is argued that surveillance practices do not necessarily undermine the presumption of innocence but can be reformed in ways that both reduce the risk that they will cause wrongful criminalisation and increase their power to protect those already under suspicion.
ISSN 22105433
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2016-04-20
Publisher Place Dordrecht
e-ISSN 22105441
Journal Philosophy & Technology
Volume Number 30
Issue Number 1
Page Count 16
Starting Page 39
Ending Page 54

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