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Do You Care Who's Watching You?

As technology advances, governments and private companies are using more sophisticated surveillance to monitor people's every move. From public transportation to public parks, from banks to bars, cam

Do You Care Who's Watching You?

Tom Fudge : Smile. You're on candid camera! Though the cameras aren't always hidden, like they were in that old TV show. You see them, in public places like trolley stations. They're clearly embedded in machines we use like ATMs. They're watching you as you move from place to place.


Why? Generally, this surveillance is justified as a way record or prevent criminal activity. But who sorts through all those records and images? Who has access to them? And do they represent some kind of violation of your rights to privacy? Obviously there are some interesting questions that come along with all this.

The Ethics Center's public forum: "Surveillance and Sensors: Who's Watching Whom?" is Wednesday, August 6, 2008, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.


  • Todd Brown , owner of Bub's Dive Bar and Grill in Pacific Beach and chairman of Discover Pacific Beach Hospitality Task Force.

  • Mohan Trivedi , head of UCSD's Computer Vision and Robotics Research Laboratory.

  • Stuart Henry , professor of criminal justice and director of the school of public affairs at San Diego State University. He also a member of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology.

  • Kevin Keenan , executive director of the San Diego and Imperial County ACLU .