(PRWEB) May 06, 2013
“The outstanding results achieved by the FBI and Boston Police Department demonstrate the overwhelming value of speed when responding to unfolding terrorist attacks,” said McCabe, who draws on his experiences in cutting-edge technology to tackle the subject in Skinjob, a novel released today on Amazon.com.
“Digital technology and community expectations for swift and effective responses to terrorism will inevitably take us into unprecedented new territory in law enforcement.”
McCabe, whose background is in science and technology research, predicts that by 2023 we can expect routine practices to include:
“Response time is the ultimate imperative in preventing further loss of life once an attack begins,” said McCabe.
“Swarm surveillance tactics that harness community assets as immediate police resources offer a force multiplier of immense power that also happens to be extremely cost-effective.”
Substantial challenges come with the territory, including new avenues for abuse of power and a potential minefield of lobbying for privacy exemptions by certain types of business. There’s also the socially confronting scenario of police officers holding a lie detector under your nose in the street.
“Those possibilities make me and many others uncomfortable, but they don’t make the outcome any less inevitable,” said McCabe.
“Attitudes towards privacy have shifted with technology advances and people continue to trade privacy for other benefits at a rapid rate. Terrorist attacks are insidious, unpredictable, and aimed at soft targets within communities, which makes a step-change in public security a pretty compelling benefit.”
McCabe compares his vision for swarm surveillance in law enforcement to the shift to citizen journalism, where widely accessible personal technology provided the means to revolutionize the global media industry.
“Citizen-owned technology is pervasive, pre-imbedded in communities and collectively far more powerful than the surveillance assets that can be deployed by any government. The role of citizen cameras will inevitably shift from passive tools supporting the investigation after the fact, to tactical assets actively mobilized in the first response.”
McCabe tackles all of these themes in Skinjob, a 400-page techno-thriller that paints a compelling picture of policing in the near future.
About Bruce McCabe
Bruce McCabe is a writer and innovation expert. Over the past twenty years he has worked at the intersection of science, technology and society, conducting research on how new technologies are adopted in more than a thousand public and private sector enterprises. He has authored several hundred research papers and opinion pieces in the popular press, holds a PhD in computer science, and is a Research Fellow at the University of Technology in Sydney.