The surveillance state in real-time: China and London
I do run stop signs and traffic lights on my bike, called the "Idaho Stop," when there isn't oncoming traffic.
Earlier in the week, the New York Times ran a story about the state of public surveillance technologies in China, "Looking through the eyes of China's surveillance state."
Caption: A crosswalk in Xiangyang is monitored by cameras linked to facial recognition technology. An outdoor screen displays photos of jaywalkers alongside their names and national identification numbers. Credit: Gilles Sabrié for The New York Times.
This puts the capabilities of surveillance into perspective.
A couple years ago there was an interesting article in the New Yorker ("London's Super-Recognizer Police Force") about taking the utilization of CCTV feeds to a new level in terms of actively identifying and apprehending criminals, rather than merely rely on feeds for after-the-fact identification.
Such technologies and practices are likely to raise important and wrenching issues over privacy and civil rights.