James Pasley reports:
America, home of the brave, land of the free, is watching.
Tens of millions of cameras are watching people across the country. The total number of cameras in the world could reach 45 billion by 2022, when the global video-surveillance industry is forecast to reach $63 billion.
As Arthur Holland Michel, who wrote a book about high-tech surveillance, told The Atlantic in June, “Someday, most major developed cities in the world will live under the unblinking gaze of some form of wide-area surveillance.”
New York City has an estimated 9,000 cameras linked to a system the New York Police Department calls the “Domain Awareness System.” But there are more cameras that aren’t linked to the system.
I documented all the cameras on my daily commute from Brooklyn to our office in Manhattan’s Financial District. Here’s what I found.
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And if you need even more of a reminder that things are getting a lot worse, read this WSJ piece, A World With a Billion Cameras Watching You Is Just Around the Corner Liza Lin and Newley Purnell. And while China is expected to account for a significant percentage of those cameras, our own local and federal governments keep trying to increase surveillance of us when they think they can get away with it.
Push back. Has all the surveillance and privacy intrusions since 2001 really made us any safer from terrorist threats? I suppose there are those who will claim that they have, but all I see is that our government has made us more afraid of our neighbors and fellow passengers. We have become a more tense and unfriendly society in some ways.
I loved the country that represented dreams and safety to immigrants from all over. Where and when can I get that country back?
h/t, Joe Cadillic