Expanded Surveillance. (Cartoon and Copyright 1996 – 2011, Mike Keefe; published on 10/07/2010; source and courtesy – cagle.com). Click for larger image.
Western companies including Cisco Systems Inc. are poised to help build an ambitious new surveillance project in China—a citywide network of as many as 500,000 cameras that officials say will prevent crime but that human-rights advocates warn could target political dissent.
How surveillance systems work – Image courtesy and source – wsj.com. Click to open larger image in separate window.
The system, being built in the city of Chongqing over the next two to three years, is among the largest and most sophisticated video-surveillance projects of its kind in China, and perhaps the world. Dubbed “Peaceful Chongqing,” it is planned to cover a half-million intersections, neighborhoods and parks over nearly 400 square miles, an area more than 25% larger than New York City.
Chongqing’s government has said it plans to invest more than $800 million of its own in building the Peaceful Chongqing system. Another $1.6 billion is coming from other sources.
China has become the fastest growing market for surveillance equipment, although it isn’t yet the biggest, according to IMS Research, a U.K. firm that studies the market. The surveillance markets in the U.S. and Europe are growing at single-digit rates while surveillance-related revenue in China is growing at 23% a year. Surveillance-equipment sales alone, not including networking gear or software, totaled $1.7 billion last year.
Chongqing’s government says on its website that its current surveillance system is outdated, allowing police to directly tap into just 15,000 of the total 300,000 cameras. It wants the new system to be among the world’s most advanced. (via Cisco Poised to Help China Build Surveillance Project – WSJ.com).
Do Govt. wants to give up power, monitoring, torture, imprisonments, executions? (Cartoon by David Horsey for Sunday, May 03, 2009; Source and courtesy – sfgate.com). Click for a larger picture.
Any colour as long as it black
Different Governments, using local flavours of paranoia, are creating huge citizen monitoring networks. Supposedly, to track criminals, terrorists, (in India Naxalites), these are now growing beyond simple devices.
Combine facial recognition software, and you have good reason to be afraid. Obama who promised much, in terms of human rights, has gone back on every promise, he made. Instead in the USA, there are an estimated 30,000 people, who are listening to phone conversations.
China, Britain, USA lead the world.
In Britain, it has become epidemic: The United Kingdom’s 60 million subjects are tracked by 1.5 million closed-circuit television cameras.
Britain’s cameras, initially placed in high-crime areas and town centers to protect shops, have spread to residential areas, schools and parks. At first, the cameras were credited for reducing some types of crime, but then the figures began to climb again. (via DenverPost.com – Editorials).