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~ Discuss with a teacher, in pairs, or in groups ~ Then share your results in a classroom discussion ~

1) To begin with, in groups or in pairs, select the questions you¡¯d like to talk about. 

2) Then, in pairs or in groups, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations .

3) Finally, share your ideas (as a whole) in a classroom discussion (with all pairs/groups).


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~ Topic Discussion ~ 204 ~ Surveillance: Eyes in the Sky ~

Adapted from Wikipedia

The word surveillance is a French term for "watching over" ("sur" = "from above" and "veiller" = "to watch").

Surveillance is the monitoring of behavior, activities, or other changing information. It is usually employed to monitor people for the purpose of influencing, managing, directing, or protecting them. 

Surveillance usually includes observation from a distance by means of electronic equipment such as CCTV cameras. It can also include interception of electronically transmitted information such as internet traffic or phone calls using advanced technology. These means are most often carried out by government organizations (e.g. CIA, FBI) illegal networks (e.g. mafia, drug cartels) or hackers.

In contrast, it can include simple methods such as human intelligence agents and postal interception.

Surveillance is useful for intelligence gathering, the prevention of crime, and the protection of information. Further, it is useful for monitoring people, groups, locations, or objects, and for the investigation of crimes.

Surveillance can achieve these means by:

1) Deterrence (or prevention) through observation and by making public the observed events.

2) Revealing the modus operandi of people who commit crimes over and again (repeat offenders).

3) Giving human operatives (detectives) ¡®real time¡¯ awareness of events (video analytics).

4) Reconstructing an incident through the availability of footage for forensics experts.


204Set ~ 1 ~

1) What are your initial impressions when you hear the term ¡°CCTV¡±? What comes to mind? Why?

2) Does it matter who controls CCTV/Surveillance in your community? Do you know who is watching? How?

3) Do you feel comfortable being ¡®watched¡¯ from so many cameras everyday? Which cameras? Talk about it.

4) Is CCTV helpful? Do you feel comfortable walking by yourself late at night in your neighborhood? Explain.

5) Who watches the CCTV videos? Can we be sure they see everything? How? How about resolution? Explain.

6) Does CCTV deter crime? Does it influence people to be better ¡®citizens¡¯? Does it make people angry? Tell.

7) Do you employ CCTV in your home or business? Do you know anyone who does? Give examples.


204Set ~ 2

1) Do you think the government should monitor your internet use? Why/Why not? Are they doing it now?

2) How about e-mail? Text messages? Twitter? Do you care who sees your content? Can you control content?

3) Do you care who responds to your internet content/your social media? What ¡®safeguards¡¯ are available?

4) Would you consider ¡®divorcing¡¯ yourself from all social media. In what circumstances? Or have you done so?

5) In the future, what system of privacy do you think will emerge? Do you think privacy is necessary?

6) Do you think your country is safe from internet crime or terrorism? How can governments deal with this issue?

7) Is the world better off with more surveillance? Do you think we could end up in an Orwellian society? Talk.

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