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CCTV: Security or just scary

While some South Africans feel that CCTV surveillance borders on Big Brother, the country’s shocking crime statistics indicate that the eyes-everywhere approach may prove to be our guardian angel It’s an incredibly topical and heated debate across the globe – should we have surveillance cameras in public spaces? While some argue that they’re an invasion of privacy and can be used for nefarious reasons, such as governments spying on us, ask many South Africans, and they say...  read more

One nation under CCTV

By James Temperton The UK is one of the most surveilled nations in the world. An estimated 5.9 million CCTV cameras keep watch over our every move, but the volume of footage creates a problem: when the police or security services need to actually analyse it, things move very slowly. Despite the proliferation of CCTV, technology for handling the petabytes of data collected is still little more than human eyeballs and lots of patience. That might be...  read more