RE: RARA-AVIS: London surveillance

From: Andrew Albert J. Ty (
Date: 23 Jul 2004

Looking through old posts, and I saw this.

Was there ever a reply to this question? Is something like what you're interested in, Mark?


-----Original Message----- From: [mailto:]On Behalf Of Mark Sullivan Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2004 1:06 AM To: Subject: RARA-AVIS: London surveillance

Over a decade ago, Mike Davis wrote Beyond Blade Runner: Urban Control, The Ecology of Fear for the Open Magazine Pamphlet Series. Basically, it was an early warning about how agents of authority were using fear
(in this case, with the crack wars looming large, mostly inner city, drug-related crime, not terrorism) to gain acceptance of the chipping away of privacy rights. He talked a lot about the growing
"comprehensive surveillance," leading to a city where all surveillance systems would be linked and every inch of the cityscape would be accessible to some security camera.

>From various offhand references in recent British crime fiction, both
books and TV, I have gotten the impression that that is now pretty much the case in London. Is that so?


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