Sunday, September 17, 2006

Big Bother is Waching and Talking...

Britain is known for its many security cameras. Now new CCTV (Close Circuit TV) cameras have arrived there, and they are actually "talking".
The system allows control room operators who spot any anti-social acts - from dropping litter to late-night brawls - to send out a verbal warning: 'We are watching you'.
That they use technology to fight crime is one thing but to use it to spot "anti-social acts" is another. In fact, whatever it means, the whole idea of "anti-social acts" is ambiguous at best and sounds awfully like a term the Soviets, the Khmer Rouge or the Nazis have used.

For instance, is a demonstration anti-social? What about riding a bike in a pedestrian area?
The Mail on Sunday watched as a cyclist riding through a pedestrian area was ordered to stop.
'Would the young man on the bike please get off and walk as he is riding in a pedestrian area,' came the command.
The surprised youth stopped, and looked about. A look of horror spread across his face as he realised the voice was referring to him.
He dismounted and wheeled his bike through the crowded streets, as instructed.
(Source Daily Mail)


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