The new VDA YouTube channel features interdisciplinary research talks on novel (qualitative and quantitative) ways to use video data in the social sciences. It includes talks by sociologists, education researchers, computer scientists, psychologists, criminologists and others. We will keep adding new videos and talks in the future, so keep checking in!
This page collects news, thoughts, ideas and events related to 21st century video data.
Video Surveillance Footage Shows How Rare Violence Really Is (Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World, OUPblog).
November 16, 2019
Today videos from closed-circuit television, body cameras, police dash cameras, or mobile phones are increasingly used to capture violent events. Yet, examining footage of violent situations – from the very cameras set up because we believe that violence lurks around every corner – shows how rare violence really is. Continue reading.
November 13, 2019
As AI becomes an increasingly powerful and accessible tool to change video content or create entirely fabricated videos from scratch, such deepfake videos will become an increasing issue for social scientists. In this article, The Guardian reports on a new app enabling users to create deepfake videos within minutes.
November 20, 2019
In a major escalation of violence since protests began four months ago, the Hong Kong police fired a live round at a protester from point-blank range. The New York Times analyzed the footage to create a comprehensive picture of what exactly happened.
November 20, 2019
As social researchers interested in video data, computer vision approaches to video analysis are an exciting prospect. However, the potential dangers of powerful automated video analysis are all too real, as this article in the New York Times, explores in reference to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union.