September 23, 2020

The Hidden Danger of User-Generated Evidence

In the summer of 2017, judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) took a remarkable step. For the first time, they issued an arrest warrant based primarily on video footage that a user posted to Facebook. It was a harbinger of the 21st Century forms of evidence that will soon flow into international courtrooms.

The future of international evidence collection is no longer primarily in the hands of investigators employed by a Hague-based court. Ordinary users of cell phones can now influence what crimes and which perpetrators will (and will not) be prosecuted. For many, this is a cause for celebration. But it also raises some unsettling concerns. Continue reading here.

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