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iSee is a web-based application charting the locations of closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance cameras in urban environments. With iSee, users can find routes that avoid these cameras ("paths of least surveillance") allowing them to walk around their cities without fear of being "caught on tape" by unregulated security monitors.
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iSee and the Effects of Surveillance of Public Space

Journal of Surveillance and Society:
On The Outside Looking Out: An Interview With The Institute For Applied Autonomy

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Growth of Surveillance of Public Space:
Select Areas of Manhattan 1998-2002
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Data collected by:
New York Civil Liberties Union, Surveillance Camera Project
Surveillance Camera Players
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Eyebeam Atelier Workshop Participants

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iSee Development Timeline:

Winter - Fall 2001: Production of Alpha Version of iSee.

October 11, 2001: iSee Released (v.911 "Now More Than Ever")

Summer 2002: Handheld iSee mapping client developed.

August 2002: iSee Workshop with help from the Surveillance Camera Players updates Financial District and Chelsea

November 2002: iSee Amsterdam produced with help of Spot The Cam.

June 2003: iSee Ljubljana produced with help of "Metalchavo".

Winter 2005: iSee Boston initiated. Correlates crime statistics with surveillance camera locations.

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Evolution of iSee interface:

Version 1: October 2001

Version 2: November 2002

Version 3: June 2003

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