Friday, July 6, 2012

"...a self-inflicted Big Brother state..."

The SF Chron introduces "Neighborhood Watch 3.0," a trend toward dense installation of surveillance cameras in the posh Oakland Hills. Very UK-sounding, not in a good way.

In one neighborhood association, questions are already arising about what to do with surveillance records once they're created:
"Residents voted to give three people access to the license plate images. They agreed to release the plate numbers to police only if a resident had a criminal case number connected to a crime.
"We didn't want anybody asking us, 'What time did my son Johnny come home last night?'" Jurcenoks said."
Puts me in mind of LeGuin: "To lock out, to lock in, the same act.”

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