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[Salon] If you feel being watched, watch BACK!
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NICHT weiterREDEN, sondern WEITERschenken!
If Big Brother is watching you, watch him back
You are being watched -- and no one knows this better than Steve Mann,
the poster child for wearable computing, who views the world through a
head-mounted video camera. But although Mann is all for personal
videotaping, he is concerned about the surveillance cameras that
surreptitiously observe Americans everywhere they go, from shopping
malls to city sidewalks.
In response, Mann and a group of artists and scientists have
designated Dec. 24 as ShootBack Day (or "National Accountability
Day"). This "international coalition" is encouraging citizens to take
to their shopping malls with cameras and video cameras of their own
and go on a shooting spree -- taking pictures of surveillance
equipment that is taking pictures of them in "totalitarian
What, exactly, is a totalitarian establishment? As the event's press
release explains, "Examples of totalitarian establishments are those
in which we are placed under extensive video surveillance, yet we are
prohibited from taking pictures ourselves. The goal of National
Accountability Day is to challenge this one-sided aspect of
Participants are warned to expect to have their cameras confiscated by
angry security guards. So while there's no telling whether the protest
will be effective, at least participants will know what to ask for for
-- Janelle Brown
SALON | Dec. 21, 1998
Eventually, in the life of every human there comes the time
when e has to sort the bookmark file.