Surveillance and Civil Liberties

Cameras that come in all shapes and sizes are not always obvious, visible or labelled, making the network of surveillance a mysterious, at times invisible presence above our heads. You know you are being watched but you don’t know who is watching you and it’s not always obvious where the cameras are. The great achievement of a surveillnace society is instilling a sense of ‘being watched’ on its subjects so they regulate their own behaviour in an act of enforced self-policing.

Constant surveillance means that behaviour is only labelled ‘acceptable’ if it obeys the rules and laws set by those who watch society- in our case, the state/ government. However, with all social control in the hands of the government, our ability and right to question and resist unfair laws and governments is therefore undermined.