Big Brother walks into an office …

Niels Wouters

“A 300% increase in three years; from 200 million in 2017 to 626 million in 2020. This astounding number is the most recent prediction for the total number of surveillance cameras across China (Qiang, 2019). Close to a single camera per 2,000 inhabitants, all fully networked to form the Skynet project — perhaps an awkward name, as Skynet in The Terminator movies attempted to exterminate humanity (Sherman, 2017). For a long time, cameras may have been our go-to characteristic of the surveillance society, but only in recent years has the technology gained powerful technological capabilities …”