I am Sander Flight: independent academic based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I began my career as a researcher in 1996 and since then I have specialized in surveillance, privacy and cameras. I am self employed and work on a project-by-project basis. My clients are predominantly local municipalities, the national government, police and other law enforcement agencies.
Cameras and surveillance
In my work, I focus on cameras. Not just the technology, but the whole system including its users and the people that are filmed. To make cameras ‘work’, you need a combination of technical, legal and organizational skills and knowledge. This combination is what I try to provide for my clients.
I have published widely on the subject of cameras. Most of the publications are in Dutch, but some are in English:
- Does CCTV Displace Crime? In: CCTV (Ed. Martin Gill), Perpetuity Press: Leicester (2003).
- Opening Up the Black Box: Understanding the Impact of Bodycams on Policing In: European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, CEPOL (2018).
- Searching Downstream: the Prosecutorial Utility of Body Cameras On: LinkedIn (2018)
- Evaluation of bodycams for the Amsterdam Police (2019)
- Taking off the blinders: A general framework to understand how bodycams work. In: Police on Camera (Ed. Bryce Clayton Newell), Routledge (2020)
- Much ado about nothing: why bodycams are not a disruptive technology. In: European Data Protection Law Review, Lexxion (2022)
Since 2014, I teach courses about public order law, security-issues and privacy. Other teaching assignments include guest-lectures for several of the Dutch universities (Leiden, Twente, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Delft). I also regularly present at international conferences and am available as speaker or panel-member.
I am a member of these organisation:
- Association for administrative law
- Network of academic evaluators
- Designing out crime association
- European Society of Criminology
My clients include national and local governments, the police, law enforcement agencies, and organisations in healthcare, education and public transport.