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12 Digital Evidence & Elec. Signature L. Rev. 1 (2015)

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EDITORIAL


Regina v Seema Misra, T20090070

In this issue of the journal, the transcript of the trial of
Seema Misra is published in full. I thank His Honour
Judge Stewart for granting permission to buy a copy of
the transcript and to the publication of the transcript.
Judge Stewart requested me to obtain the permission
of Seema Mira to the publication of the transcript - an
action I certainly would have taken in any event. I also
thank Seema Misra for her agreement to publish the
transcript. Seema Misra agreed to the publication,
knowing it would be available to anyone with access
to the internet or a legal electronic database. I am
given to understand by Alan Bates, the chair of Justice
For Subpostmasters Alliance, that Seema M isra's case
is now before the Criminal Cases Review Commission,
and Seema Misra understood that making the
transcript available publically in this way would, in her
opinion, help her case.

The eyeWitness project

Our networked world may have problems, especially
relating to the rampant misuse of personal data, but
the technology is also capable of providing neutral
evidence. Used in this way, technology can act to
prevent barbaric behaviour and provide evidence of
atrocities. In so doing, technology can help bring to
justice those individuals that commit such murderous
acts of violence.
The eyeWitness to Atrocities project' is an attempt to
provide software to users across the world to be able
to use a mobile device to record moving images,
photographs and audio of abuse, threats of violence,
or other related information - such as the serial
numbers of weapons, vehicles, insignias, license
plates and such like - all of which can also be very
helpful to a case (and sometimes more valuable than
footage of the violent events themselves). People
have begun to make increasing use of social media
websites to post footage of violent behaviour. Often
the record depicting such crimes cannot be verified,
either from the media source or for the purpose of
admitting it into evidence the. Often, the response by
those accused of perpetrating such crimes reject the
footage as forged. For example, in 2009 the Sri Lankan


government dismissed footage gathered by Channel 4
that appeared to show government troops
committing war crimes by executing Tamil prisoners.2
The purpose of the project was to develop software to
enable investigators, journalists and ordinary citizens
to make recordings of acts of violence in a manner
that enables the image to be authenticated - with
metadata that can demonstrate where and when the
image was taken, and to be reasonably certain that
the image was not altered from the moment it was
recorded. The images, moving footage and audio that
is recorded can then later be submitted from the
device to the storage database maintained by
eyeWitness. Although users will require the internet
to download the app and submit footage, they do not
need the internet while recording. This means the app
can be used in parts of the developing world that
typically lack the technical infrastructure and network
coverage needed for mobile internet.
Another aspect of the project is that the eyeWitness
team can then analyse the footage and research
credible trials and investigations, such as the
International Criminal Court, to submit the footage to
in order to promote accountability. This combination
of secure storage combined with project analysts and
advocates, make the eyeWitness to Atrocities app
unique.
Other apps have been created that focus specifically
on exposing police malpractice and reporting
domestic crimes. These include MobileJustice and
Stop and Frisk Watch in the United States of America,
as well as Self Evident, Eyewitness and Eyewatch
Police in the United Kingdom. These apps often
require a continuous mobile internet connection, and
also assume the existence of responsive national
reporting systems, cooperative police complaints
mechanisms and the functional rule of law. In
contrast, this not always the case in parts of the world
where international atrocity crimes take place on a
wide scale, for which the eyeWitness app is designed -
which is why there is no streaming capacity built into
the eyeWitness app.


                      © Stephen Mason, 2015

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