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Criminalizing Photography

The people who would rule our lives in the most minute ways are now trying to stop picture-taking in public places. They are the ones who should be stopped.

Citizen media tools are in the hands of just about everyone these days. If the authorities insist on the right to spy on our every move in public — witness the spread of video cameras operated by police agencies and private citizens alike — they should not be immune from reverse surveillance.

2 Comments on “Criminalizing Photography”

  1. #1 Diane Ensey
    on Aug 1st, 2006 at 1:10 pm

    Wow – this is the kind of thing I saw during the 80’s in Paraguay and Uruguay, not to mention parts of Brasil. From here it is just a hop to not being able to photograph buildings.

    Good reminder about the presence of spy cameras. I’m sure the police would balk when citizens ask for unadulterated copies of spy camera footage. Our only recourse is to make our own records.

  2. #2 Ryan
    on Aug 10th, 2006 at 2:32 am

    I am from Sri Lanka, an island which suffered from terrorists attacks many a times. Localy we don’t have gov installed surveillance cameras as such but at few places (mostly private). Quite a number of occations it is found personel from terrorist orgs capturing places and occations which iventualy been analysed and used to plan grave attacs. Since Im in view of da gud side of gov surveillance, if pple do behave or use public places properly it is no issue of having ur self on a piece of a video tape.