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Panoptic Dreams

Streetscape Video Surveillance in Canada

by Sean P. Hier

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civil rights, law enforcement
list price: $32.95
also available: Paperback Hardcover
published: 2011
publisher: UBC Press

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.

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Sean P. Hier is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria.

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Sean P. Hier

Sean P. Hier is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria. He is the author of Contemporary Sociological Thought: Themes and Theories (Canadian Scholars Press).

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