Cameras aren’t a new technology, but the computational photography behind the lens is. Civic tech projects include sousveillance, or using the widespread availability of cameras to document antisocial behavior like police brutality and human rights violations. Civic tech is also concerned about civil liberties, and fighting unnecessary surveillance. See, for example:

WITNESS's Cameras Everywhere report on the challenges and opportunities that the proliferation of cameras across society presents.

Comparitech's report on the amount of CCTV surveillance in the biggest US cities.

Anti Ring

This is a project to counter the Amazon Ring doorbell camera surveillance infrastructure. We provide information for users and community members concerned about the country’s biggest company planting always-on cameras all over our streets.


Copcast is an open-source project that can turn any Android phone into a body-worn camera system for law enforcement, providing a more cost-effective and accessible solution for law enforcement officers around the world.

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Decolonize This Place

Decolonize This Place is an action-oriented movement centering around Indigenous struggle, Black liberation, free Palestine, global wage workers and de-gentrification.

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Jotto Video

Jotto allows individuals allied with a cause to record and automatically upload videos directly to an organization behind that cause.