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Which Big Brother?

Febbraio 2013
L’obiettivo di uno è osservare costantemente le persone, lo scopo dell’altro è proprio impedire che ciò avvenga! Big Brother Watch (ne parliamo nel numero in edicola) non è un reality show, bensì un’associazione che si batte contro l’eccesso di sorveglianza, il suo peggior nemico sono le telecamere a circuito chiuso. Quindi non chiamate per i casting!

di Mark Worden


The organisation's logo
The organisation's logo
Emma Carr
Emma Carr

Speaker: Mark Worden (Standard British accent)

Big Brother Watch is a British civil liberties group which campaigns against things like the excessive use of surveillance and CCTV cameras. But, as deputy director Emma Carr explains, people often confuse it with the reality TV show Big Brother:

Emma Carr (Standard British accent)

We get mistaken for that to the point where we receive letters and fan mail and things to the… to the... to the television show, and you have to try and explain to people what the concept of Big Brother Watch is, and… and… and George Orwell. So you can get into some quite interesting conversations with people that ring up the office! But, again, I think this is a generational thing. I think, although 1984 is a core book to read for a lot of… for a lot of children at school, I think the concept of Big Brother and the questioning of surveillance and… and… and powers like that, I think… I think young people have stopped questioning these things and we didn’t… our generation haven’t lived under the Cold War, we haven’t experienced fascism and World War Two, and… and have people that… right in front of us who have fought for our civil liberties and our freedom of speech and to not live… live under a fascist state. I think we’ve stopped questioning how we’ve… how we’ve come to have the freedoms that have in comparison to a lot of other countries and I think that’s quite dangerous. I think… I think young people need to be reminded why we… why we are the country that we are and… and... and how we got here. And although World War Two is a… is a massive feature in our history curriculum, I think the… the element that is missing is… is the why we… why did this in terms of freedom, in terms of democracy and I think that… I think young people need to be reminded of that.

So is ignorance a big part of the problem?

Emma Carr

I think unless people are told about what’s happening, I don’t think they’re going to know… know whether they should be concerned about it or not. I think a big part of what we play is… is releasing reports on things like CCTV and surveillance banners by councils, and there’s things that we’re… we’re quite frequently told that people would never imagine are going on; they didn’t know the technology was there, they didn’t know the law was in place to allow certain things to happen and so I think… we… we… we’d like to think anyway that we play a certain public service role in… in just informing people, of making the system transparent enough for people to make their own decisions about the society that we’re turning into and whether they feel comfortable with that.

(Emma Carr was talking to Mark Worden)

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