An Urban Surveillance Map Of Vancouver

The Vancouver Public Space Network mapped CCTV locations in the metropolitan core, revealing the geography of surveillance:

The preliminary map that we created indicates the places where surveillance cameras could be found prior to the installation of extra cameras for the Olympics.  We are particularly concerned about the surveillance legacy that the Olympics may leave behind, and will be monitoring the city government to make sure that this network is removed once the party is over. In all, the map represents the locations of 1500 of the 2000 cameras we found.

Public spaces are inherently places in which we can be observed by other people, and where we can observe others. However, the VPSN is concerned about the way that intense video surveillance, particularly networked, centrally monitored systems, might negatively affect the way that people enjoy public spaces. In the United Kingdom, which has intensive public video surveillance, security cameras have been used by security officers to harass people and to profile individuals based on race and socio-economic status.

3 Comments on "An Urban Surveillance Map Of Vancouver"

  1. InfvoCuernos | Nov 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm |

    The map would be even more useful if it showed the sweep of each camera, you know, like the old commando game where you could see where the guards were looking? Then you could plot a course through the city unobserved.

  2. dont forget about all those people in the buildings with their own personal surveillance equipment.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Nov 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm |

    Big Canuck is watching you
    watch right back

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