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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Panoptic Dreams

Streetscape Video Surveillance in Canada

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Panoptic Dreams

Streetscape Video Surveillance in Canada

The number of Canadian cities using video surveillance systems to monitor city streets is growing. In Panoptic Dreams, Sean Hier explores how and why Canadian cities introduced street surveillance programs between 1981 and 2005 and brings to light the governance structures and privacy protection policy frameworks that made these programs possible. This book uses empirical findings to reflect critically on video surveillance policy and design structures in Canada. The original analyses will assist academics, privacy advocates, and others with community-based interests to assess the strengths and weaknesses of establishing streetscape CCTV surveillance monitoring systems.

328 pages


Table of Contents

Part 1: Streetscape Monitoring Programs in Canada

1 Introduction

2 Establishing Streetscape Monitoring Programs

Part 2: The Rise of Streetscape Monitoring Programs

3 Monitoring Programs in French Canada

4 Sudbury’s Lions Eye in the Sky

5 Kelowna and the Constitutional Debate about Public-Area Video Surveillance

6 London’s Downtown Camera Project

Part 3: The Spread of Streetscape Monitoring Programs

7 The Expansion of Streetscape Monitoring Programs

8 Thwarted Efforts to Establish Streetscape Monitoring Programs

9 Thunder Bay’s Eye on the Street

10 Panoptic Dreams: Arguments, Implications, and Recommendations

Appendices

Notes

References

Index

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