CCTV presentation at Case Western conference
On October 22, 2009, I traveled to beautiful Cleveland, Ohio, to make a presentation on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) programs – and to take in the fall foliage. Professor Robert Strassfeld, director of the Center for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, hosted the conference, "Somebody’s Watching Me: Surveillance and Privacy in an Age of National Insecurity." The audience included the law school community, the greater university community, Ohio attorneys attending for continuing legal education credit and members of the general public. The conference was webcast live, and articles generated by participants will be published in a special issue of the CWRU Journal of International Law, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious international law publications.
I participated in a panel discussion addressing "Surveillance in Public Places and Closed Circuit Television." I spoke about the development and implementation of the District of Columbia’s CCTV program; my presentation, "Washington and CCTV: It’s 2009, Not 1984," addressed the various influences on drafting CCTV regulations in D.C. – obviously the heightened threat of being the seat of government, but also the comments that the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) received when the proposed rule was published for comment, the report the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) issued regarding the New York City CCTV program, the London CCTV program, the constitutional issues that may be implicated, and other factors unique to D.C. In writing the regulations, HSEMA took the ACLU and other constitution groups’ comments very seriously, and aimed to assuage concerns while still maintaining an efficient program.
The conference was an excellent forum in which to exchange information about such controversial technologies as CCTV, and by making connections and learning about the concerns of different organizations in different cities, the Center is in an even better position to serve clients implementing CCTV programs in the future.