It's like GeoCaching, but with a touch of political hacktivism.
In order to allow the citizens of Luxembourg to see where they are being tracked and filmed, we decided to call an old idea back on the daily agenda: a digital free (as in free speech) map, available with as much as possible information about CCTV system throughout Luxembourg.
http://lyon.sous-surveillance.net/ is exactly such a map realized with Spip by the hackers from the Lyon Hackerspace in France. Currently the map include Lyon, Paris, Toulouse, Clermont-Ferrand & Angers. Now Luxembourg has joined the initiative as the first international country.
But what are now the objectives of C3L with Luxembourg - Under Surveillance?
Well first of all spreading the information and use of this map. It is essential that such a map contains someday most or even all the CCTV system available in public areas. As the software runs stable, is easy to use and focuses on the essential combined with different maps and views, it is the best solution.
The second goal of course stands in a cross-relationship with the first one: when spreading the word of the map, it means we'd like to make people aware of BigBrother. 27/7 the CCTV systems are recording and you can be tracked every where in major cities today. The administrators of these systems know where their systems are and how they work, but citizens only know that these white boxes with black glass are following their steps. So it gets time to map all the digital eyes following us, so we at least have the possibility to avoid them in order to keep one of most fundamental basic human rights: Privacy.
Basically everyone can help us out! :)
Either you provide us with the information marked as required below by sneakernet or mail, or you get on the streets yourself or in a group with GPS devices or SmartPhones, log & deploy everything on your own.
Here you'll find the information that can be stored for every camera on the map. Gathering and submitting as much information of a location is most valuable.
|GPS Coordinates||Longtitude & Latitude||log coordinates directly in front / beneath the object|
|Appearance||Clearly visible ; Dome ; Built-In ; Cased ; Radar||/|
|Zoom||Yes / No||/|
|Orientation||Yes / No||/|
|Operator||Public / Private||This information can be retrieved from the public register of CNPD.|
|Operator (Company) Name||/||This information can be retrieved from the public register of CNPD.|
|Surveillance||Public Area ; Parking ; Traffic ; Shop ; Bank ; Building||/|
To fetch all the authorizations from the CNPD database as xml file, have a look behind the following link:
The easiest way to download the file and converting it in CSV is probably the following: <sxh [bash]>wget “http://www.cnpd.public.lu/cnpd_registre/services?operation=recherche_responsables&mode=tous” -O cnpd.xml cat header.csv > cnpd.csv
xml2 <cnpd.xml | 2csv /acteurs/acteur id key nom pays ville secteur status description no_deliberation date_publication form_pk trait_pk >cnpd.csv </sxh>
Note: this may take a while and some browsers are likely to crash, because of the amount data coming through.
To get this link, open wireshark, follow the TCP Stream and have a look on the output.
A few other links are also interesting:
We'll soon provide a sqlite database here with the same data sets.