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[liberationtech] Mapping out physical surveillance across a city

Axel Simon axelsimon at axelsimon.net
Thu Jun 26 03:37:51 PDT 2014


On 25/06/14 19:03, Blibbet wrote:
>>> How would one map an entire city's surveillance anyway? Are the
>>> location of police cameras available? And even if they are, how
>>> does one map out all the private cameras watching?
> To the OP, Seattle Privacy <http://seattleprivacy.org/> has a map of
> Seattle.gov's mesh network, at least parts of it.
(didn't see this message go through, sending it again, sorry if it did
go through the first time!)

Hi everyone,

There have been a few projects in France on this issue, the most active
I know of is www.sous-surveillance.net, which has specific subdomains
for each city (and pretty cool stickers):
http://paris.sous-surveillance.net
http://lyon.sous-surveillance.net
etc.

People can add cameras and different details : location, type, who
operates them, etc.

There is also a similar project on OpenStreetMap and quite a few cameras
are in the OSM database.
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Key:Surveillance
http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/surveillance#map

I think in time, the plan was to merge the sous-surveillance data with
the general OSM one, but I have no idea where that plan currently stands.

I also recall seeing a similar project on Berlin a while back, but I
can't find it right now.

One question, when you say physical surveillance, are you thinking of
anything beyond surveillance cameras? Guards?

One last thing, you can sometimes find the location of city/state
cameras in open data programmes. It's the case for Paris.

Cheers

axel




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