A poll is debated in the NY times, showing that, especially after the Boston attacks, acceptance of surveillance by the state has grown. On the topic of cameras; one sentence struk me: “There are cameras in stores and supermarkets. Our families would be safer and surveillance cameras would provide evidence to help agencies pursue people,
During Queensday (soon Kingsday) in the Netherlands, an app is made available to let people see the flows of the crowd during this (probably) overcrowded day. Where this sounds as a good idea. it does only work via the “critical -mass’ idea; the more people use it, the better it will work. This, though does
Typically something that falls under the category of ‘less surprising but more worrisome than expected’? The FBI and Verizon (the min network-provider in the States) have be collaborating to develop tools to track smart- phones. See full article at wired.com source: wired.com
The company TASER, famous for developing its very friendly police-tools, have spread a rumor about testing and developing Google Glasses for police officers to user as a surveillance tool (face recognition via direct matching of live view w existing database). The reporter in the story makes the often-made reference to Robocop as a close-to-now
Apparently, the police force in the Netherlands is, so far occasionally, using drones. Politicians are getting more worried about the use of drones, as its use is growing while there are no or little rules or laws in place. Some politicians are even worried about the privacy of citizens! (this is highly ironic, because Dutch
And just like the case in Eindhoven not long ago, , video footage is shared on social media sites. Mugshots of the perpetrators have been recorded by CCTV cameras/ still images of this footage has been spread.The image also holds a location and a time-stamp. This new marriage of surveillance and social media, however,
BoingBoing reports on a piece by Ian Welsh on the enforcer class. Their article can be found here as well as the lively discussion in the forum. Although situated in the US and with a clear reason (provided here), I found it striking that while providng an analysis of the enforcer class, the solution by
Surveillance in urban nightscapes
The socio-spatial effects of video-surveillance in urban nightlife districts
The examination of the whole surveillance network – visitors, CCTV technologies, surveillors, public authorities and entrepreneurs – and its effects on the production of public spaces in urban nightlife districts.
Elaboration of a interdisciplinary theoretical framework. A mixed-methods approach (ethnographs, interviews, discourse analysis, questionnaires, participatory workshops) will be employed to examine the practices, emotions and thoughts of various groups in nightscapes in three Dutch cities.
Generate recommendations about how video-surveillance can be (re)configured to maximize its potential to produce socially inclusive and heterogeneous nightscapes.