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On the Threshold to Urban Panopticon? Analysing the Employment of CCTV in European Cities and Assessing its Social and Political Impacts) - URBANEYE, Fianl Report, EUR 22030

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2001-00094
Funded under: FP5-HUMAN POTENTIAL

Abstract

The proliferation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in publicly accessible space across Europe has been the topic of the comparative research project "URBANEYE. On the Threshold to Urban Panopticon?" A multidisciplinary research team studied the rise, employment, and the social and political implications of CCTV in order to outline strategies for regulation. The work started in September 2001 and ended in June 2004 and was undertaken in seven European countries: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Norway, and Spain.
CCTV is often deployed as an instrument of crime control. Semi-professional evaluations, referring to analyses of crime statistics, report an allegedly effectiveness. However, several criminologists have argued one should never assume that CCTV will have an effect on crime regardless of the mechanisms under which it is expected to work and the environmental context in which it is embedded. The URBANEYE results show: One cannot make any generalisations about the extent, nature and impact of CCTV surveillance from the mere existence of a system. CCTV systems are deployed for various purposes, have diverse levels of technological sophistication, operating procedures and staffing policies. Operation and impacts have to be understood as the outcome of the interplay between technological, organisational and cultural factors.

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Record Number: 9074 / Last updated on: 2008-04-14
Category: MISC