Video of a young man vandalizing a newly set up ticket validation touch screen thingy is a new hit on social networks in Belgrade today, and it has just caught the attention of media. Belgrade’s biggest local media station, Studio B managed to find out that the incident happened a week ago and that the police are most likely already in pursuit.
Some interesting question arise, though.
How did this video got to the internet in the first place? It first showed up on the message board Beobuild, then got removed from the file-sharing site, but not before it got picked up by Laki, who then posted it to Vimeo. In a matter of minutes it was all over twitter, facebook and youtube before ending up in mainstream media. But what does the law say about the newly installed CCTV in public transportation? Who is responsible if something like this leaks out?
It’s the other question that interests me more – should the vandals such as this one be exposed to the public scrutiny or do they also deserve some privacy? The Internet hive mind works pretty fast – the guy form the video was almost instantly recognized by one viewer in one of numerous comments on youtube, giving away his workplace. Does this speed up police work?
Let me know what you think in the comments.