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There is a critical need to provide privacy and security assurances for distributed multimedia sensor networking in applications including military surveillance and healthcare monitoring. Such guarantees enable the widespread adoption of such information systems, leading to large-scale societal benefit. To effectively address protection and reliability issues, secure communications and processing must be considered from system inception. Due to the emerging nature of broadband sensor systems, this provides fertile research ground for proposing more paradigm-shifting approaches. This paper discusses issues in designing for security and privacy in distributed multimedia sensor networks. We introduce the heterogeneous lightweight sensornets for trusted visual computing framework for distributed multimedia sensor networks. Protection issues within this architecture are analyzed, leading to the development of open research problems including secure routing in emerging free-space optical sensor networks and distributed privacy for vision-rich sensor networking. Proposed solutions to these problems are presented, demonstrating the necessary interaction among signal processing, networking, and cryptography.