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In Tampa, a Citizen-Made Map Lets You Watch the Watchers

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, August 27 2012

Tampa Web developer Jon Gales has mapped the city's new network of downtown surveillence cameras

With the recent launch of RNCCTV, an HTML 5 map of a new network of surveillance cameras installed by Tampa's police in preparation for the Republican National Convention, city residents now have a slightly clearer picture of how (or at least where) they're being watched by law enforcement authorities.

RNCCTV uses scripts from Leaflet, data from Open Street Map and citizen reporting by Gales himself to reveal to the public where exactly the Tampa police have placed its $2 million network of security cameras. The site provides a bird's eye view of the location of the cameras in downtown Tampa, but with permission, it can use the location of smartphone owners in downtown Tampa to show them where the nearest camera is located.

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