Good Read: Oakland Looks Into More Surveillance to Fight Local Crime
Aarti Shahani, a regular contributor for KQED News, reports for Al Jazeera America on the debate over Oakland’s Domain Awareness Center, a surveillance hub being built in stages with federal money. While supporters hope that big-data analytics, connecting piles of information from sources like video feeds and gunshot detectors, will help bring down the city’s crime rate, opponents say the federal government has oversold the method’s effectiveness. Meanwhile, some say, the city will struggle to keep the program adequately budgeted. Other issues, over staffing, privacy and liability, remain.