Big Brother is Watching London

Eye in the sky

Apparently the citizens of England don’t read their own authors very much. The pupils of the eyes are the metro symbol. The poster certainly brings a certain book to mind.

The certainly do love their cameras. In a way America does too. However, in America the gas station owner owns the video. In America the shop owner owns the video. In America the people that enforce the laws are not the exact same people that are watching you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. There is in effect a separation of powers. It will be interesting to see which country’s camera system is more resistant to abuse. Only time will tell….
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UPDATE:

Is Orwell rolling in his grave? Apparently Orwell’s own home and neighborhood is flooded with police owned/ran cameras.

32 in 200

According to the latest studies, Britain has a staggering 4.2million CCTV cameras – one for every 14 people in the country – and 20 per cent of cameras globally. It has been calculated that each person is caught on camera an average of 300 times daily.

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And within 200 yards of the flat, there are 32 CCTV cameras, scanning every move.

Orwell’s view of the tree-filled gardens outside the flat is under 24-hour surveillance from two cameras perched on traffic lights.

Also:

There are 4.2million closed circuit TV cameras here, one per every 14 people.

And this:

Only one crime was solved by each 1,000 CCTV cameras in London last year, a report into the city’s surveillance network has claimed.

The internal police report found the million-plus cameras in London rarely help catch criminals.

In one month CCTV helped capture just eight out of 269 suspected robbers.

Source:
Wired:London’s Privacy Falling Down Julia Scheeres 02:00 AM Nov, 02, 2002
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Samizdata.net, Big Brother is watching: Not in 1984 but in 2002, Perry de Havilland
art-for-a-change, Watchful eyes
thislondon.co.uk, George Orwell, Big Brother is watching your house, 31.03.07
dailymail.co.uk, Revealed: Big Brother Britain has more CCTV cameras than China ,By Tom Kelly, Last updated at 8:50 AM on 11th August 2009
BBC, 1,000 cameras ‘solve one crime’ , Only one crime was solved by each 1,000 CCTV cameras in London last year, a report into the city’s surveillance network has claimed., Page last updated at 18:27 GMT, Monday, 24 August 2009 19:27 UK

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