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Watching live CCTV beats prime time TV

People just love watching CCTV, according to preliminary results of the Shoreditch Digital Bridge pilot. The Shoreditch scheme links people's living-room television sets with Internet access in the United Kingdom. It also gives the ability to view the hook-up from local CCTV.

People just love watching CCTV, according to preliminary results of the Shoreditch Digital Bridge pilot. The Shoreditch scheme links people's living-room television sets with Internet access in the United Kingdom. It also gives the ability to view the hook-up from local CCTV.

The over-arching aim of the project was to bridge the digital divide and improve take-up of online public services by giving TV-Internet access to people in poor areas, according to The Register. Yet residents have taken to the scheme to report anti-social behaviour, attracting viewing figures "equivalent of prime time, week-day broadcast programming".

Excerpt from The Register:

Official stats showed that a higher percentage of people tuned in to look through their local CCTV cameras (about 27 per cent of those with access) than watched Channel4's hit snoop show, Big Brother (about 24 per cent).

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Digital Bridge also brought about a 600 per cent rise in reports of graffiti. And a 200 per cent increase in reports of vandalism.

It is worth noting that the CCTV are handicapped by low resolution to prevent watchers from [easily] identifying the people captured by the cameras. Yet residents appear to be more bothered by the restriction in resolution than the implications for civil liberties.

What are your thoughts on living in a neighbourhood where your neighbours can watch you on CCTV via their living room TV sets?

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8 comments
NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Unless I live on a wooded lot surrounded by a 10-foot (3-meter) high fence, I don't really expect that people aren't going to look or watch when I'm outdoors. They call it "public" for a reason. When out in public, if you don't want people to see it, don't do it.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

in case I think of something else to be paranoid of.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

You'll have to put camo nets up in the trees. Be sure to use the ones that screen your infrared signature. Regarding the original topic, isn't Scrabble or chess available in Britian? Don't these people have something better to do? Open a friggin' book, for crying out loud.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

If they want to see what I'm doing withto the aminals, they're more than welcome to look. If it grosses'em out, that's not my problem! What I'm waiting for is the first attempt to prosecute for indecent exposure or public nudity based on a Google Earth shot of private property. It'll probably be prosecuted by somebody like Mike Nifong. [Note for non-residents of the Carolinas: Michael Nifong was the prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse team rape case; he was ultimately disbarred for his related actions. Links to the articles: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/n/michael_b_nifong/index.html]

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

where no one really pays any attention to it and it just ends up being visual "noise" while they're reading a book or playing board games. Our TV is on a lot and often we don't pay any attention to it.

JCitizen
JCitizen

We know you guys read TechRepublic!

paulmah
paulmah

What are your thoughts on living in a neighborhood where your neighbors can watch you on CCTV via their living room TV sets?

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

I'd like to see the time come when anyone could zoom-in to view any location live at high resolution. CCTV watching my every move in public places wouldn't bother me though I'm sure others would find it boring.

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