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Kirthi balakrishnan + mia winther tamaki

Street-Level Surveillance: Public Space into Police State

Today, cities across the world are developing under an unprecedented scale and sophistication of digital tools, becoming rapidly and seamlessly integrated within our urban infrastructures. Invisible systems of digital interconnectedness track and analyze vast amounts of information about people—supposedly to apply data-informed solutions to urban issues. Law enforcement agencies increasingly adopt surveillance technologies as a tactic to reduce crime and increase security in our communities; however, the indiscriminate use of street-level, military-grade surveillance technologies have begun to blur the lines between security and oppression in our public spaces.