Saturday, April 14, 2007
George Orwell's vision of a future, outlined in his book "1984", where the state monitors everything you do and say has become a reality.
Ironically this reality is happening within yards of where he used to live.
Britain now has 4.2 million CCTV cameras, that's one for every 14 people in the country and 20% of cameras globally.
Outside of Orwell's flat 27B overlooking Canonbury Square in Islington, North London, there are 32 CCTV cameras within a 200 yard radius.
The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) recently produced a report highlighting the growing army of CCTV cameras, and warning that these "security systems" were:
"vulnerable to abuse, including bribery of staff
and computer hackers gaining access to it".
Professor Nigel Gilbert, one of the authors, believes that further installations should be stopped until the need for them is proven.
Even Nanny's own Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, has warned that use of CCTV and other information-gathering was
"creating a climate of suspicion".
It may be a solution to apply the same strict planning laws, applicable to buildings, to the installation of CCTV cameras.
However, there is some good news, those morons who are so desperate to get themselves on the retarded Big Brother show no longer need to try; they are on TV 24 hours a day anyway, wherever they go.