Monday, June 05, 2006

Web users to 'patrol' US border

In a BBCOnline post - 'Web users to 'patrol' US border' - the issue of webcam surveillance is discussed, here in relation to the Mexican border:

"A US state is to enlist web users in its fight against illegal immigration by offering live surveillance footage of the Mexican border on the internet.
The plan will allow web users worldwide to watch Texas' border with Mexico and phone the authorities if they spot any apparently illegal crossings."

Again - the collaborative effect of utilising web-networked individuals. However, this time it's in a more Foucauldian sense of self-regulation & 'technologies of the self': the people survey themselves as if in a digitised neighbourhood watch - a multitude of little brothers...

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