getting students to engage the news…
“Some people expressed surprise and outrage when they discovered that the university operated an elaborate network of sophisticated cameras monitoring almost every corner of the campus.”
Are you being watched? I have no idea whether or not our campus has video cameras around, but I think this a timeless issue: Individual Liberty (Privacy) vs. Collective Security. This issue would fall under the 4th Amendment’s protections against “Unreasonable Searches and Seizures.” In a public setting like our campus, do you think it is reasonable to be videotaped? Does it make a difference whether the cameras are hidden or disclosed?
There are other studies that suggest that there has not been a reduction in crime. Here is a telling quote:
“Mostly, though, studies across the country have failed to document significant drops in crime after the installation of video surveillance systems. And even though police looked to videos of Times Square in their recent investigation, it was tips from vendors and good old-fashioned detective work — not cameras — that lead them to the bomber.”
If there is no a reduction in crime, why do cameras continue to multiply, particularly in urban areas? What do you think the trend will be regarding surveillance cameras?