In This Horror Film, Blood Is All Too Real [New York Times] ‘Terror at the Mall’ on HBO
documents an Attack in Kenya.
One year ago, gunmen from the Shabab militant group in Somalia laid siege to the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Armed with AK-47s and grenades, they stalked their victims from a gourmet burger restaurant at the entrance to the vegetable aisle of a grocery store at the back.
The British filmmaker Dan Reed assembled thousands of hours of footage gleaned from more than 100 security cameras inside the mall, video from television crews and modest cellphones, as well as still photographs. Then he and his team tracked down more than 200 people and interviewed 82 of them on camera, many survivors or their rescuers. [more inside]
posted by Fizz
on Sep 17, 2014 -
is a documentary which details how our concept of privacy is altered by the modern surveillance state.
posted by antonymous
on Apr 30, 2013 -
They call it the "Ring of Steel"
The NYPD is tightening surveillance in New York's subways by installing a new surveillence system modeled after London's so called "Ring Of Steel"
. The $200 million system, paid for with federal funds and mismanaged by the MTA and Lockheed Martin, is part of what will one day be a 3,000-camera network of "public and private-sector cameras." London, feeling it's title as the most surveilled city in the world threatened, is now considering using unmanned drones
for covert aerial surveillance, security, or emergency operations.
posted by SpaceJazz
on Sep 25, 2010 -
This past Saturday evening a woman dumped a rescue cat into a garbage bin on the side of a residential street in Coventry, U.K. Fifteen hours later owner Darryl Mann
: "I came down to feed Lola on Sunday morning but couldn’t find her anywhere. It was really hot day outside and I searched nearby alleyways but suddenly heard a tiny meowing coming from the bin. I looked inside and I found her in the bin, she was terrified and covered in her own mess....At first I thought she’d somehow climbed inside the bin herself but when I checked the CCTV
I was gobsmacked to see some a woman had done it deliberately." Mann posted the video to YouTube
in an effort to find the perpetrator. As a result, the woman was identified by this morning. [more inside]
posted by ericb
on Aug 24, 2010 -
The Daily Express
reports on a UK Government Announcement to expand the use of Family Intervention Projects
. However, the Daily Express exaggerates the report somewhat, the article
stating (apparently wildly incorrectly) that the UK Government "plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV supervision in their own homes". Other reports
in the UK press make no mention of CCTV. Nonetheless, the alarmist Express article is widely picked up
on the internet, pushing many people past 10 on the Orwellometer. Then Mefite FfejL uses Twitter to ask Ed Balls, the minister responsible, if the CCTV aspect of the Express article is accurate. [more inside]
posted by memebake
on Aug 4, 2009 -
place the number of CCTV cameras in the UK at 4.2 million, but how can these images all possibly be watched? Researches in Turkey have an answer
: an eye-gaze tracking system placed on the CCTV operators themselves
which can "then automatically produces a summary of the CCTV video sequences they have missed during their shift". [more inside]
posted by tybeet
on Apr 15, 2009 -
"The idea that the state is an unwarranted assault on individual freedom is not a progressive one. This kind of libertarianism works to protect privilege by cloaking the advantages of the rich in the garb of personal autonomy, individual freedom and the “human right” to privacy.
" Or so says Professor Gearty in an article in the New Statesman
Via David Miliband
, in which he also salutes the debunking
of the 'myth' that people in Britain are captured "300 times a day on CCTV"
posted by patricio
on Apr 1, 2009 -
A nightvision camera you phone up
This seems to be a wireless CCTV camera that you phone up with your mobile and watch what is going on. It says it works in the dark. Now what would anybody use that for? As you dial it I guess it has it's own sim. "Pupillo", err horrid name.
posted by priorpark17
on May 4, 2006 -
Closed Circuit TV and Data Confluence Qinetiq
is bringing their CCTV
confluence technology, codenamed Praetorian
, to the UK. "The system automatically tracks and stitches 3D images with CCTV video, maps and other real-time information. It automatically alerts operators to intruders, unusual behaviour, left objects or anything it is told to spot." And it looks more like a video game than a video feed. This new tech is perhaps not as controversial
as Qinetiq's Millimetre Wave Imaging System
that allows passive scanning through clothing
to detect guns, knives or bombs.
Yes, it is very Big Brother-esque but its also pretty amazing technology too.
Qinetiq previously discussed on MeFi here, here, here and here.
posted by fenriq
on Aug 12, 2005 -
A pickup bar for geeks.
60 TV cameras on the ceiling can be controlled by bar patrons from stations all over the bar, to snoop on other people. See someone you like? Send 'em an email; and maybe if you hit it off you can walk across the bar and actually talk to them.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Oct 21, 2001 -