Re: Brin on Privacy

max m (
Wed, 18 Dec 1996 15:41:44 +0100

I think that another big problem with this surveilance technology is
that it is so easy to forge video, and it's getting constantly easier.
With enough time and money you can make everybody do anything. How will
you ensure when something was taped, if it has been edited, morphed,
retouched or in any way altered. You only have to be avare of a camera
to make use of it in your own interrest.

Will cameras cover every concievable angle? How many cameras would that
take? What would the storage reqirements be for that amont of video? How
do we verify the content?

If we started to depend on video for justice/truce we would see so many
false examples that we wouldn't believe them anymore.

A bulletproof surveilance society is not technical possible!!!! It's a
downright stupid an uninformed idea. There will be more of it of course
as everybody buys cameras and point them out of their windows. But total
recall? Never!

Beside that, the democracy rest upon the protection of the individual.
How much is that protection worth if a minor group of persons cannot do
something that's not *approved* by the majority. (Courtrooms exists,
among other reasons, to prevent the majority from having complete
control. If not it would be easier to fix societys problems with guns.)

Max M Rasmussen