Watching everyone and everywhere

A short Bangkok Post story demands attention.

The junta has “plans to connect more than 367,000 surveillance cameras … nationwide…” to a network. This “network” is meant to be completed within two years and is claimed to be about “improve[d] security.”

Many of the exisating surveillance cameras are broken, some are fakes and others have been stolen. Reflecting this, Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Dictator General Prawit Wongsuwan looked at his watch and said “government agencies must maintain their cameras, to ensure they work. Those that fail to do so would be disciplined.”

He also ordered relevant agencies to install 100 new cameras at risk-prone locations in each province. That’s at least another 7,600 cameras and a national total of some 375,000, not including cameras in the deep south or privately-installed cameras. But the junta plans to “connect its surveillance camera network with the cameras of the private sector.”

Having them in a network gives those doing the surveillance tremendous reach and remarkable power. ISOC will be happy!

We do know, however, that when the cameras catch the military behaving badly, the cameras suddenly malfunction or the records become unusable or inaccessible.

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