Thursday, October 12, 2006

Surveillance Cameras on Every Block

Mayor Daley is willing to bet that by 2016 Chicago will have a surveillance camera on every block in the city. This technology transforms expectations of trust, power, and the social uses of space. Late night bars, clubs, and convenience stores might be required to adopt systems that can identiy individuals. Cities have always been formed of contested spaces where some people are welcomed and others are shut out. Digital traces transform this contest of inclusion and exclusion, improving the comfort and security for some residents, diminishing the vitality and energy of other areas.

1 comment:

Song, Yi said...

What a terrible idea though the camera box looks cute! I really worry about some sacrifices the majority good citizens in Chicago have to make (e.g., privacy)for the sake of "security."