Who is watching the the camera’s in hollywood?

I’ve expressed concern in the past about the surveillance cameras that have been installed all around Hollywood and how they have the potential to make people less safe. Bruce Schneier points to EPIC where it’s being discussed that Homeland Security is now using these kinds of things to make us less safe:

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has requested more than $2 billion to finance grants to state and local governments for homeland security needs. Some of this money is being used by state and local governments to create networks of surveillance cameras to watch over the public in the streets, shopping centers, at airports and more. However, studies have found that such surveillance systems have little effect on crime, and that it is more effective to place more officers on the streets and improve lighting in high-crime areas. There are significant concerns about citizens’ privacy rights and misuse or abuse of the system. A professor at the University of Nevada at Reno has alleged that the university used a homeland security camera system to surreptitiously watch him after he filed a complaint alleging that the university abused its research animals. Also, British studies have found there is a significant danger of racial discrimination and stereotyping by those monitoring the cameras.”

3 Replies to “Who is watching the the camera’s in hollywood?”

  1. These cameras have never been intended to make us safe. Their entire purpose is to ensure that people continue to live in fear, so we’ll trust Dear Leader to protect us.

  2. I absolutely understand your argument, and have traditionally been one to side with the privacy argument, but here’s the thing: similar cameras in MacArthur Park have had an undeniably positive impact on the park. That park is night and day different from what it was just a few years ago, and largely the important change has been the installation of the cameras. -e;

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