Where are the eyes

Nieuws, gepost door: nn op 18/11/2016 11:09:03

Wanneer: 18/11/2016 - 09:59

Greetings to all our privacy-minded Android users! As of today, we are proud to announce Where are the Eyes is available on the F-Droid store!

Surveillance has recently come to the forefront of international attention, but there is a strong focus on Internet surveillance. While this is an important topic, we want to expand the discussion to include physical surveillance and the pervasive network of cameras surrounding us every day. We believe that our right to free speech and assembly requires understanding the environment in which we speak and assemble. To that end we have built a tool that illuminates the surveillance grid and helps inform citizens when they are being watched.

Where are the Eyes is a distributed mapping application. Each user contributes location data about the cameras near them, which is collated on our servers. By combining information from the community we can track the positions of cameras across the globe and send this data back to all our users. We periodically remove camera location pins from the map that haven’t been seen recently, or have only been seen by one person. This increases the map’s accuracy even if cameras are moved or removed.

Where are the Eyes is a program for detecting and mapping surveillance cameras. Users mark cameras on their phone as they walk past them, and build a shared global map of surveillance.

Our hope is that Where are the Eyes will be widely adopted and used to help activists in two ways: to increase awareness of surveillance and authoritarian practices, and to plan activist movements.

Download the client (for iOS and Android) and follow the instructions on the help screen to join in!

For those of you unfamiliar, F-Droid is an alternative to the Google Play store that accepts only open-source applications that don’t do evil things. We are happy to accommodate our security focused friends.


Tags: surveillance


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