SMACKDOWN: cross-dressing cage fighters versus drunken idiots

We’ve looked at the prevalence of CCTV in the UK on a couple of occasions (here and here), where despite the large number of cameras, they aren’t always effective in controlling crime. But sometimes they are, and occasionally footage from these cameras makes it into the public domain. The clip below is from a recent court case Continue reading

U.K. has one surveillance camera for every 14 people

Looking further at surveillance in the UK, a new report from the Metropolitan Police on the use of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) confirms an observation we made here in an earlier post, namely that the public… Continue reading

State Surveillance in the UK: nowhere to hide

French philosopher Michel Foucault noted that in a surveillance society, any surveillance changes the behaviour of not just those who are being watched, but also those who are doing the watching. cctvGreat Britain is apparently the most surveilled nation on Earth. A 2006 report estimated that there were more than 4.2 million closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) monitoring the populace and that on average a person would be filmed by approximately 300 different cameras per day as they moved through London. Knowing this, a couple of gangsters who recently pulled off England’s greatest jewel heist went to great lengths to alter their appearance, disguising themselves with Mission Impossible style latex faces. Continue reading