Crowdsourced phone camera footage maps conflicts

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The UN requires accurate proof when investigating possible war crimes, but with different sides of a conflict providing contradicting evidence, and the unsafe nature of the environment, gaining genuine insight can be problematic. A team based at Goldsmith’s University in the UK are using amateur footage to investigate. Forensic Architecture makes use of the increasingly prevalent smartphone footage on social media networks. By crowdsourcing several viewpoints around a given location on an accurately 3D rendered map, the team are able to determine where explosive devices were used, and of what calibre. Key resources are smoke plumes from explosions, which provide…

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