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Mark Atwood
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Cameras at Cal Anderson Park
There are now public security cameras at my local public park.

There is much hubbing and bubbing about privacy, erasure, recording, when the feed can be used in court, etc.

The cameras are "live" and can be pointed and zoomed by their controllers.

The current doctrine is that the video gets deleted after 2 weeks, and requires a court order or warrent to be used.

I think that's bull.

All of these "public" cameras should be read accessed by "the public" in real time, all the time. I should be able to go to a seattle.gov URL and look thru them all.

Since these cameras can be pointed and zoomed by the controlling cops, that would be a great check on said cops "professionalism" (cough). I.E, if they are always pointing and zooming in on passing pretty girls, we would all like to know about the cops doing that sooner, not later.

Whenever you walk into a store or bank or office building, you're being recorded by privately owned cameras. The publicly owned cameras should be just that, public.

It's only a few years away that most anyone can record video full time from their phone, car, and lapel pin. And a few years after that, most everyone not only can, but will.

Get used to it now.
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roseembolism From: roseembolism Date: May 5th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sounds good to me. One of my tasks recently has been to find public cameras on the net in Vancouver and London. my conclusions were:
1. There's a lot of 'em.
2 Most of them are BORING.

I mean, the majority of the cams in Vancouver, one of the most spectacular cities in North America, were just focused on traffic intersections. We needed more focused on parks.

I think it would be amusing if the first evidence of a crime would be a post on Youtube saying "Hey, look at this!" granted it's already happened with private cameras, but it should be possible with public feeds as well.
elfs From: elfs Date: May 5th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thinkgeek has started selling Eyeglass cameras, and their verbiage seems to indicate that they're primarily a workaround for camera bans.
awfief From: awfief Date: May 6th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)
It's only a few years away that most anyone can record video full time from their phone, car, and lapel pin. And a few years after that, most everyone not only can, but will.

You're missing the key element -- not only will they, can they, but soon everyone's t-shirt will be live streaming video directly to YouTube or whatever.
hearts_treasure From: hearts_treasure Date: May 6th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
maybe it is the social worker in me. But I am glad that they are not public. If a person is running away from an abuser. (which happens more each day) I wouldn't want the abuser to have access to spy on their victim.

Granted there should be a check system with the cops, to limit abuse of the camera's.
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