Posted 10 years ago on March 31, 2013, 1:11 p.m. EST by windyacres
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My convenience store, now closed, had an expensive 16 camera surveillance system. Picture quality was excellent and were used several times by police for various reasons and many instances of customers and employees stealing. I was watching my cameras from home one night and noticed the cooler door had been left open. The clerk was impressed because I was not even there but could tell her to take care of the only customer in the store, then run to the back and close the door. It's possible the door could have been left open all night, not good. Having the cameras was a good thing. Having the cameras were an essential item, period, because of stealing.
Sometimes employees would come back to my office and I realized they were staring at what could be seen on the camera's monitor by someone in my office. I had to prevent them from learning where the blind spots were in the camera system, for it was important that they didn't know. The best feeling they could have was to assume they could be seen by a camera at all times, and they could be free to work without the temptation to steal.
Grasp for a moment how much survelliance happens and is recorded, from all stores to car cams and cell phones. We all have an uneasy feeling that our privacy will continue to decline..
It's been easy to understand how having a helicopter on scene of a disaster, and many other situations, is crucial for the people on the ground to know what's happening. It's very valuable. Thus the use of drones which are safer and much less expensive is inevitable.
Robots with cameras are also inevitable, as are more fixed cameras like exists at traffic intersections.
The future will be determined to a great degree by who has control of the cameras, and we the people must insist on transparency and accountability of those whose job is to manage this and all surveillance. Not so that we can learn where the blind spots are, but so we can be assured that equal safety and privacy applies to all.
I propose camera systems in every government office, available freely to anyone to watch. This includes the offices where those whose job is working with the camera systems. I have watched many hours of video and there are few things as boring as watching someone work, but recordings could also be available and specific recordings could be found quickly. It would not be difficult at all! I'm certainly just as adamant that we protect the privacy of suveillance of our homes, another awesome reason for transparency of the cameras.
Why should I expect the people who work on our behalf for our government to not need to be monitored by camera systems?
If we enter the public, we might be on camera.... we already are..