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Big Brother: British citizens told to put CCTV cameras in their
by Daniel Long on Aug 4, 2009
The British Government has been trialling an unusual program
designed to keep tabs on problem families by installing CCTV
cameras in 2000 homes, and plans for 20,000 more on the way.
According to the
Daily Express and a
British families are being encouraged to install the spy cameras
in their homes for their social benefit. In a worrying trend
that has echoes of the Big Brother doctrine spelled out by
George Orwell in 1984, the government is reportedly keen to
expand the plan and put $AU800 million into rolling out the
scheme into 20,000 more homes.
Reports say the cameras will be used to monitor families who
aren't abiding by the rules put in place by the Children's
Secretary. More than 2,000 families have already taken part in
the trial - but more funding is now being considered to roll out
the plan en-masse.
According to the report, the government will use the cameras to
make sure the kids are doing their homework and going to bed on
time. They will engage in 'behavioural contracts' with the
parents and ensure certain duties are met.
Private security guards will also be used in addition to the
CCTV cameras, to carry out random checks on the families taking
part in the scheme.
In his ground breaking novel,
Orwell painted similar events of a totalitarian government
watching and keeping tabs on private citizens under the guise of
social reform and national security.
The central ideas of 're-education' and 'thought police' were
all part of Orwell's frightening world. Are we about to take one
step further in that direction? Let us know in the comments