Monday, May 22, 2006

Britain's CCTV debate at Cannes

A BBC ONline article 'Cannes director urges CCTV debate' discusses a new film by a British film-maker that examines the height of CCTV coverage of British cities, with some astonishing results:

'The depiction of a city under almost constant and blanket surveillance surprised some non-British film critics and shocked others.

Britain reportedly has 4.2 million cameras, 20% of the world's CCTV, and one camera for every 14 people.

Changed behaviour

At a press conference for the film one reporter asked if the "Orwellian" depiction of a city under constant watch was real or not.'

Perhaps the film will help to stimulate public discussion on the way social surveillance is increasingly creeping into all aspects of our lives...

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