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Snitchtown

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(Originally published in Forbes.com, June 2007)

on surveillance & how it's an ineffective measure (the people who commit crimes won't be deterred by surveillance). pretty good one, maybe even the best one

Doctorow, C. (2008). Snitchtown. In Doctorow, C. Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future. Tachyon Publications, pp. 170-212

a type of building designed by English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century; allows all (pan-) inmates to be observed (-opticon) by a single watchman without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched

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The city of the future is shaping up to be a neighborly Panopticon

—p.172 by Cory Doctorow
uncertain
1 year, 6 months ago

The city of the future is shaping up to be a neighborly Panopticon

—p.172 by Cory Doctorow
uncertain
1 year, 6 months ago
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I'm an optimist. I think our social contracts are stronger than our technology. They're the strongest bonds we have. We don't aim telescopes through each others' windows, because only creeps do that.

But we need to reclaim the right to record our own lives as they proceed. We need to reverse decisions like the one that allowed the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority to line subway platforms with terrorism cameras, but said riders may not take snapshots in the station. We need to win back the right to photograph our human heritage in museums and galleries, and we need to beat back the snitch-cams rent-a-cops use to make our cameras stay in our pockets.

They're our cities and our institutions. And we choose the future we want to live in.

—p.172 by Cory Doctorow 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm an optimist. I think our social contracts are stronger than our technology. They're the strongest bonds we have. We don't aim telescopes through each others' windows, because only creeps do that.

But we need to reclaim the right to record our own lives as they proceed. We need to reverse decisions like the one that allowed the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority to line subway platforms with terrorism cameras, but said riders may not take snapshots in the station. We need to win back the right to photograph our human heritage in museums and galleries, and we need to beat back the snitch-cams rent-a-cops use to make our cameras stay in our pockets.

They're our cities and our institutions. And we choose the future we want to live in.

—p.172 by Cory Doctorow 1 year, 6 months ago