"The Tyranny of Other People’s Vacation Photos" by HENRY ALFORD in The New York Times

"What prompts the excessive posting of these pictures?

William Haynes, a 22-year-old comedian who hosts the SourceFed show 'People Be Like,' said: 'I like how my generation is all about sharing. What’s the point of having a vacation unless you can tell people about it immediately? If you can get a few Instagram photos out of it, you’ve made your money back.'

Indeed, the motivation behind many fahvolous vacation photos would seem to be a rationalization of large expenditures for the purpose of recreation: a $6,000 beach rental ought to bring you $6,000 worth of pleasure, and maybe posting a photo will get the dopamine flowing.

But one can detect other motives, too: a tone-deaf attempt at self-branding, a neurotic attempt to thank your host, a need for constant scrutiny."

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'Video Shows Officer Flipping Student in South Carolina, Prompting Inquiry' by RICHARD FAUSSET and ASHLEY SOUTHALL in The New York Times

"The authorities in South Carolina are investigating an encounter captured on two videos that went viral Monday afternoon that show a white school police officer in a Columbia classroom grabbing an African-American student by the neck, flipping her backward as she sat at her desk, then dragging and throwing her across the floor.

The videos, apparently shot by students in the classroom, were picked up by national news outlets and had ricocheted across social media platforms by Monday evening, sparking a new round of angry and anguished debate over how police officers treat African-Americans."

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'North Carolina Teen Prosecuted for Having Naked Images of Himself on His Phone' by Brendan O'Connor in Gawker

"A teenaged couple in North Carolina have been prosecuted for having nude photos of themselves and each other on their cell phones, the Guardian reports. The boy took a plea deal to avoid jail time and being registered as a sex offender.

Cormega Copening of Fayetteville, North Carolina was 16 when the photos were discovered amidst a broader investigation into sexual images being shared without the subjects’ consent at his high school. Copening was not involved in that case, but was prosecuted anyway as an adult, under federal child pornography laws, for sexually exploiting a minor—himself. He is now 17.

Copening was charged with five sexual exploitation of a minor charges, the Fayetteville Observer reported: four for making and possessing two sexually explicit images of himself and the fifth for possessing a naked image of his girlfriend, Brianna Denson, 16. Copening was also suspended as quarterback of the Jack Britt High School football team while the case was ongoing."

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'The Moral Panic Over Sexting' by CONOR FRIEDERSDORF in The Altantic

"It is extremely common for American teenagers to text one another naked photographs. Much less frequently, they get caught. If they’re discovered by a parent or teacher, they might get off with a stern lecture or a suspension from school. In an alarming number of cases, however, adult strangers get ahold of the images and proceed to systematically destroy the lives of the young people involved.

These destroyers are neither child pornographers nor pedophiles nor blackmailers. They are representatives of the criminal-justice system: police officers, prosecutors, and judges, often well-meaning, who prosecute kids as felonious sex-criminals, sometimes putting them on sex-offender registries for life.

The latest teenagers to face this irrational treatment live in Cumberland County, North Carolina. In October of last year, during an unrelated investigation, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department seized the cell phone of a 17-year-old boy. He had a 17-year-old girlfriend. “While our investigators went through the phone they saw there were photos of himself and another person on the phone," Sergeant Sean Swain told a local news outlet. “Simple possession having it on your cell phone is a charge itself, and if you should send it out to another person that is another charge.” "

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'Facial Recognition Software Moves From Overseas Wars to Local Police' by TIMOTHY WILLIAMS in The New York Times

Photo by: Mark Boster

Photo by: Mark Boster

"SAN DIEGO — Facial recognition software, which the American military and intelligence agencies have used for years in Iraq and Afghanistan to identify potential terrorists, is now being eagerly adopted by dozens of police departments around the country to pursue drug dealers, prostitutes and other conventional criminal suspects.

Law enforcement officers say the technology is much faster than fingerprinting at identifying suspects, although it is unclear how much it is helping the police make arrests."

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'The Videos That Are Putting Race and Policing Into Sharp Relief' by DAMIEN CAVE and ROCHELLE OLIVER in The New York Times

"Raw video has thoroughly shaken American policing. Grainy images of questionable police behavior, spread through social media, have led to nationwide protests, federal investigations and changes in policy and attitudes on race.

“A lot of white people are truly shocked by what these videos depict; I know very few African-Americans who are surprised,” said Paul D. Butler, a law professor at Georgetown University and a former prosecutor. “The videos are smoking-gun evidence,” he added, “both literally because they are very graphic, which generates outrage, and figuratively, because people believe their own eyes.” "

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'Escalator Death in China Sets Off Furor Online' by JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ in The New York Times

"HONG KONG — It was a humid summer day in Jingzhou, a city in central China, and Xiang Liujuan, a 31-year-old mother, had gone to the mall to relax.

Ms. Xiang never cared much for fancy clothes or high-end makeup, her relatives said, and on Sunday, as on most days, her attention was focused elsewhere: on her 2-year-old son, who was running around a mall playground in a T-shirt and blue shorts.

But after Ms. Xiang and her son had left the playground and stepped onto an escalator, frantic shouts broke out. A floor panel at the top of the escalator was loose. Ms. Xiang tried to avoid the resulting trap door, but she fell in. As the machinery swallowed her, she spent her final moments pushing her son to safety."

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'Woman Who Filmed Slow EMT Response To Eric Garner's Death Sues City Over Alleged NYPD Retaliation' by EMMA WHITFORD in Gothamist

"Twenty-three-year-old Ramsey Orta, who videotaped NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo putting Staten Island man Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold last summer, was not the only witness to capture cell phone footage of the scene last July 17th. Witness Taisha Allen, 37, a friend of Garner's, captured NYPD officers, paramedics, and EMTs milling around the sidewalk for several minutes before administering aid to the dying man. 

Now Allen, who testified for the Richmond County Grand Jury last December and has since been vocal about the jury's decision not to indict Pantaleo, is suing the city on allegations that NYPD officers falsely arrested her, and then beat her, as retaliation for her cell phone footage."

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'In Tourist Destinations, a Picture of Excess' by DOREEN CARVAJAL in The New York Times

Photograph by: Samuel Aranda

Photograph by: Samuel Aranda

"MAGALUF, Majorca — For a holiday photograph from this resort town on the island of Majorca, two tourists wiped a drunken friend’s face clean with a crumpled flier advertising a deal for all-you-can-drink cocktails. Then they hoisted his sagging body upright between them while another buddy clicked away with a smartphone.

No one paid much attention on the Punta Ballena, a neon-lit strip of bars, nightclubs, kebab joints and shops with names like Sorry Mom Tattoo. Then again, the parade of passers-by was not the intended audience. More important was to impress the folks back home by transforming a wild evening in Magaluf into a viral post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

From posing naked at Machu Picchu to filming their dives from hotel balconies into courtyard swimming pools, travelers across the world have been indulging in what officials and travel experts describe as an epidemic of narcissism and recklessness, as they try to turn vacation hubs and historic sites into their personal video and photography props."

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'Keep Body Cameras Off Public-School Educators' by CONOR FRIEDERSDORF in The Atlantic

"Throughout the United States, police officers are beginning to wear body cameras. Should principals in America’s public-school systems follow their example?

The stakes are high.

Americans who spend their childhoods in schools where all interactions are recorded for review are likely to regard constant surveillance outside the home as normal.

Alas, the country may be seeing the beginning of that trend.

A school district in southeastern Iowa “is thought to be among the first in the nation to outfit administrators at each of the district's eight school buildings with a body camera,” the Des Moines Register reports. “The district spent about $1,100 to purchase 13 cameras at about $85 each. They record with a date and time stamp, can be clipped onto ties or lanyards, and can be turned on and off as needed.” "

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'Instagram Must Keep Its Pace with Mobile Photography for High Resolution Pictures' by The V Team in UKMN

"Instagram continues to become one of the leading social platforms for easy and quick visual attractions amongst the users. If you do not bother about the small resolution photograph and just want to let your friends know about your mood and experience, you can be a die-hard fan of Instagram. You are in an exotic location, you like the scenery, click the snap, Instagram it, upload and share it with your friend, he or she sees it, likes it and move on to the next photograph.

If here, the photograph would have been of a little higher resolution, you would have stayed to notice its different features and thus, tried to Instagram a couple more snaps. The mobile from which you have clicked the snap, has a better resolution than what Instagram is providing despite the fact that it is the leading photo sharing app."

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'Russia starts a 'safe selfie' campaign to curb fatal photography' by Timothy J. Seppala in engadget

"If you've spent any time on YouTube browsing for Russian dash cam or parkour videos, you know that the country's people can take life to the (often ill-advised) limit. That devil-may-care attitude also extends to how they take selfies. Since there were "at least" 10 deaths and 100 injuries resulting from folks aching to get the perfect shot last year, the Russian government has issued a set of rules for safe self-photography. A leaflet's going around advising people to not take photos with weapons, big animals, hanging from antennas on rooftops or in front of rail transport, among other situations."

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'After Arrests, Quandary for Police on Posting Booking Photos' by JESS BIDGOOD in The New York Times

Photograph by: Oliver Parini

Photograph by: Oliver Parini

"SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — Sheena Foley was stunned and chagrined last month when a traffic violation — she had rolled through a stop sign while driving without a current license, she said — led not just to an arrest but to public embarrassment: The Police Department here posted her booking photograph on its Facebook page.

“I actually felt like I was a murderer or selling drugs or something,” Ms. Foley, 28, said. “Are they doing this because they think if they put your picture up you won’t do it again?”

For years, the department had posted every booking photograph on Facebook, hoping to keep the city informed. Some images drew venomous comments, often directed at the accused, before that function was turned off."

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'When deciding to run an open-casket photo, picture editors matter' by Kenneth Irby in Pointer

"As news organizations debated their lead image options yesterday during the first of a two-day public viewing for slain Senator and pastor Clementa C. Pinckney, a key voice was silent in many newsrooms: The picture editor.

Given the magnitude of this story and the historical significance, many publications and news sites presented the open casket public viewing prominently.

Sadly, many news organizations have eliminated or consolidated the role of picture editors and worse yet, lots of online companies never think to integrate the role of visual advocates."

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'Instagram to Offer Millions of Current Events Photos' by VINDU GOEL in The New York Times

Photographed by; Matt Edge

Photographed by; Matt Edge

"MENLO PARK, Calif. — Kevin Systrom says he has no interest in leaving Instagram to run Twitter, despite the hopes of some on Wall Street that he will consider the job.

He would rather focus on beating Twitter.

On Tuesday, Instagram began tapping into the 70 million photos and videos posted daily to its service to put its 300 million users in the middle of current events, including Taylor Swift’s latest concert and the memorials to the victims of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church shootings.

Despite Twitter’s reputation for dominating such live events, Mr. Systrom contends that his rival’s emphasis on text means it does not do a good job of helping people find out what is happening and feel part of it."

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'Canon India introduces world's highest resolution full frame DSLR cameras' by USHA RANI DAS in Business Insider

"Canon India moves a step ahead to provide photographers with uncompromising image quality through the launch of the newly designed EOS models with the world's highest resolution full frame 50.6 megapixel DSLR cameras, today.

With its introduction Canon has unveiled cutting edge technology in the camera industry, maintaining its leading position in terms of DSLR cameras in Indian digital camera market.

"With the launch of such evolutionary products, we foresee our numbers to grow and achieve a market share of 50 percent in the DSLR segment," said Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India."

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'Google Photos Breaks Free Of Google+, Now Offers Free, Unlimited Storage' by Sarah Perez in TechCrunch

"Google officially announced its long-rumored revamp of its photo-sharing service, Google Photos, at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco today. The killer feature? Users can now backup up full-resolution photos and videos – up to 16MP for photos and 1080p for videos – to Google’s cloud for free. The service will roll out to Android, iOS and web users starting today, the company says.

The free storage option makes more sense for those with point-and-shoot cameras, and lets you keep a copy of your photos that’s good for your typical printing and photo-sharing needs. However, those with DSLR cameras or who want to store their photos and videos in their original sizes can choose a different plan which taps into your Google Account’s 15 GB of free storage. This is what was available before, and you can add to your storage quota as needed for a fee."

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'Flickr Now Recognizes What’s In Your Photos, Revamps Site, Search And Apps' by Sarah Perez in TechCrunch

"Flickr today is rolling out a revamped version of its website, software applications for desktop and mobile, as well as its search service, in what’s perhaps the biggest update since the company’s decision to increase users’ free storage space on its photo-sharing site to 1 TB back in 2013.

The new series of upgrades are focused on making every aspect of the service easier to use and more efficient, including uploads, edits, organization, search and sharing. Some of the more notable changes include the addition of auto-tagging and image recognition capabilities, the latter of which will now see Flickr competing more directly with Google’s photo service, Google+ Photos."

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'Amtrak to install cameras to monitor train engineers after crash' by Scott Malone in REUTERS

"Amtrak plans to install video cameras to monitor the engineers of locomotives on its heavily traveled routes in the northeastern United States following a deadly derailment, the nation's largest passenger rail service said on Tuesday.

The move to add cockpit cameras in trains on the Northeast Corridor line by the year's end follows a derailment outside Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured about 200.

"Inward-facing video cameras will help improve safety and serve as a valuable investigative tool," Amtrak Chief Executive Joe Boardman said in a statement.The cameras will be installed in 70 locomotives that power trains on the Washington-to-Boston northeast corridor, as well as service between New York, Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania."

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'Snapchat is going to be huge in 2016 — and regulators have no idea how to handle it' by Brett LoGiurato in Fusion

"As he gears up for a presidential run, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley held a conference call with donors and supporters Thursday night, informing them that he would make some kind of announcement on May 30.

He also had a message — and an exclusive photo — for his followers on Snapchat.

“Stay tuned for May 30th…” he said, referring to the date when he’ll announce whether or not he’ll challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination."

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