Computer game that Orwell would have loved

Only in Britain: The launch of a new internet game, reminiscent of Big Brother, that aims to turn Britain into one big surveillance camera, has become doubtful after protest from civil liberties groups, who claim the "sick" game promotes voyeurism, gathered steam. A new British company called Internet Eyes (www.interneteyes.co.uk) is signing up viewers to ...

Only in Britain:

Only in Britain:

The launch of a new internet game, reminiscent of Big Brother, that aims to turn Britain into one big surveillance camera, has become doubtful after protest from civil liberties groups, who claim the "sick" game promotes voyeurism, gathered steam.

A new British company called Internet Eyes (www.interneteyes.co.uk) is signing up viewers to watch live streams of CCTV cameras from shops and businesses and report anything they believe to be suspicious.

A monthly reward of £1000 will be paid out to the person who reports the most crimes, the company said.

According to Tony Morgan, managing director, Internet Eyes, the amateur crime-fighting venture is not a game but a ‘crime prevention weapon."

Now, roll out this game in Russia – and their youthful Nashi movement will finally have something to do.

Evgeny Morozov is a fellow at the Open Society Institute and sits on the board of OSI's Information Program. He writes the Net Effect blog on ForeignPolicy.com

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