Communities should take ownership of their video documentation. What should such a system look like?

A CCD camera.

It is significant that we learn about police violence only from cellphones, not from police body or dash cameras.

Body cameras fall off.

Dash camera footage can simply be refused.

Video storage cannot be afforded.

Footage shot is often exempt from public records laws.

Thankfully, citizen-owned cameras are increasingly present. Sadly, this footage is often deleted or stolen.


We should take responsibility for the creation of an accountable, fair, and accessible video network, which is beyond the reach of individual influence. To build such a network, a distributed system is our only hope.

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