headlines | about |

an international day against video surveillance


 19-20 March 2006

We, the undersigned, are unconditionally opposed to the use of video
surveillance cameras in public places. We are also opposed to the use of surveillance cameras that, though installed in privately owned places, are actually use to surveill the public. We believe that both types of cameras, in addition to being useless in the "wars" on crime and terrorism, are tools that all-too-frequently used to violate our rights to privacy, anonymity, dignity and political dissent.

Cameras are not the only threats to our rights. Government agencies
and private security firms also use wiretaps, bugs, GPS transponders, RFID chips, computers dedicated to data gathering, retention and
"mining," etc. But we choose to focus on video surveillance cameras
 because they are the most visible manifestations of the emerging surveillance society.

On the first day of Spring (19-20 March) 2006, we will live an  international day against video surveillance (or IDAVS, for short). During this IDAVS, we will act autonomously in our own communities to:

1. show our opposition to the video surveillance of public places; we
will do this according to our own sense of what is appropriate in our community;

 2. educate the general public about the reality and dangers of the
 video surveillance of public places; and

 3. encourage others to get involved in this project, either
 immediately or in the future.

 Please join us! Email SCP(at)

New announcements, local contact information, and documentation will be posted to this very page.

 Please reproduce and distribute this press release freely. If
 possible, please translate it into other languages.


 Antonis (London, UK)

 Arizona Surveillance Camera Players (Arizona, USA)

 Empire Working Group (Cincinnati, USA)

 New York Surveillance Camera Players (NYC, USA)

 Vilnius Surveillance Camera Players (Lithuania)

 Wade (Chicago, USA)