NO CCTV - 1984 Action Day, June 8th
8th June is the anniversary of the publication of George Orwell's novel '1984'. The date will be marked by protests against CCTV cameras and other surveillance, by groups from around the world.
To get involved contact No CCTV at firstname.lastname@example.org
1984 Action Day is an annual event - it came about after a meeting of campaigners opposed to surveillance cameras at the Freedom Not Fear event in Brussels in September 2011. For more information see: http://1984actionday.wordpress.com
George Orwell described his book as an illustration:
"of the perversions to which a centralized economy is liable and which have already been partly realized in Communism and Fascism. I do not believe that the kind of society I describe necessarily will arrive, but I believe (allowing of course for the fact that the book is a satire) that something resembling it could arrive. I believe also that totalitarian ideas have taken root in the minds of intellectuals everywhere, and I have tried to draw these ideas out to their logical consequences."
As society continues towards the "logical consequences" of which Orwell warned, campaigners will be asking:"When will you fight back?"
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* In 2013 No CCTV staged a human CCTV street theatre stunt in Birmingham, UK. Photos can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/no-cctv/sets/72157634104647624/.Details of this stunt and others around the world can be found at the 1984 Action Day website:
* In 2012 No CCTV staged a stunt in Birmingham, posing as a photographic company (Panopticon Photography) "selling" CCTV photos to members of the public (via Data Protection Act requests). Details of this stunt and others around the world can be found at the 1984 Action Day website:
The 2012 Action Day also saw the launch of the 'We Watch' website, created by German designer Julia Lowczycka as an information strategy for Londoners' to inform them about CCTV surveillance and how to protect their privacy. The site includes an interactive flash environment called 'Maupa's World' which features Maupa the inquisitive monkey "who knows all about surveillance".
The 'We Watch' website is at http://www.WeWatch.org.uk