Surveillance Nation

Say goodbye to unmonitored public spaces. The average person is filmed by more than 300 cameras each day.

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March 19, 2003, 1:00 PM PST

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight


"The $150 million-a-year remote digital-surveillance-camera market will grow, according to Freeman, at an annual clip of 40 to 50 percent for the next 10 years. But astonishingly, other, nonvideo forms of monitoring will increase even faster. In a process that mirrors the unplanned growth of the Internet itself, thousands of personal, commercial, medical, police, and government databases and monitoring systems will intersect and entwine. Ultimately, surveillance will become so ubiquitous, networked, and searchable that unmonitored public space will effectively cease to exist."

Thanks to The Practice of New Urbanism

Tuesday, April 1, 2003 in Technology Review

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