12 julho 2008

Big brother: right here, right now.

Mais uma pixotada presenteada pelo Telegraph:

Britain is already one of the most watched nations on earth and now "talking" CCTV cameras are to be installed in 20 areas across the country.

Britain is believed to have 20 per cent of the world's CCTV cameras already

The loudspeakers will allow CCTV operators to bark orders at people committing anti-social behaviour.

They are already used in Middlesbrough, where council workers in a control centre can monitor pictures from 12 cameras in town and communicate directly with people on the street.

Supporters of the scheme there say it has prevented fights and criminal damage, and cut litter levels.

John Reid, the Home Secretary, has set aside nearly £500,000 to fund the expansion of the scheme, which opponents have criticised as "Big Brother gone mad".

Já começo a achar que George Orwell era, na verdade, um vidente ou um viajante do futuro. :-)