In the aftermath of the attacks on 9/11/2001, the US government took a series of steps which inordinately changed the landscape of our towns and cities. Surveillance is a fact of our lives online, with advertisements attempting to monopolize our eyes so as to subsequently gain a foothold in our wallets. But surveillance is also a fact of our bodies offline. The US had about one security camera for every four people in 2019. This number continues to grow. In protest of the laws that brought spyware to our cities, in solidarity with those who lost family in the attacks, whose memory is slandered by governmental and corporate misuse of tragedy, we are walking, and we are looking back.
Please join us for the first ever National Security Camera Walk. On 9th – 16th of September, in localities all across the nation, we will gather, we will form community, and we will add all the cameras we see to a national open source publicly-editable map of security cameras. In this small act of protest, we will affirm that every human has the right to privacy, and that community spaces should be controlled by community.
In Illinois, we will be mapping our three largest cities: Chicago, Aurora and Joliet.
We hope to see you there!