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Internet Eyes to create nation of snoopers and bounty hunters

This makes me want to vomit, a cynical manipulation of the millions of CCTV cameras in Britain’s Surveillance State and a company clearly intent upon making more money by getting camera owners to buy into their scheme. The premise is that you sign up and register for free and are assigned a number of CCTV cameras to watch, you won’t know where the cameras are located, and if you spot a real life crime being committed you a stand a chance of winning hard cash!

Some flaws in the whole thing (as you’d expect): those who monitor the camera will report directly to the camera owners rather than directly to the police (who don’t offer prize money), and by creating a points based league table users will start to become tied to their PCs or laptops and will no longer be keeping an eye on their own neighbourhoods. The system will become another tool which will drive a wedge between the police and the public, breaking the link of trust that needs to exist between the two and undermioning community policing, this time by alienating “users” from the rest of society and turning them into zombie bounty hunters interested only in the possibility of winning £1000 per month.

The whole thing is being promoted like some sort of game, we just don’t know how many companies have bought into the nightmare surveillance scheme that turns citizens into agents of the stasi!

As I read in The Spectator this is a depressing commentary on the state of modern Britain and changing the culture that leads to this sort of ghastliness is every bit as important as fixing the country’s finances. Perhaps more so, in fact.

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Written by curly

October 6, 2009 at 8:47 pm

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