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In a busy campus canteen, one student quietly killed another, with an ultra-sharp ice pick. The killer calmly walked away, while his victim slumped his head into his food. No cry was heard, no commotion noticed. But the murder was recorded by a CCTV camera, and the suspect eventually arrested.

Incidents like this, aired more and more frequently on the nightly news, are fueling a boom in surveillance cameras: in malls, factories, homes, street corners, even piggeries. They are rolling 24/7 and may be recording each city resident several times a day.

As this technology gets cheaper and more socially accepted, are we also heading towards a more voyeuristic society and overlooking the risks that accompany electronic eyes watching our every move?

Along with crime, CCTV footage found on Youtube shows couples kissing in elevators, thinking no one is watching. Civil liberties advocates warn that government can use surveillance technology to spy on private citizens.

Will every move we make be available for rewind for strangers to see?

Howie Severino and his team harvest some of the most compelling surveillance camera footage in recent years and let you decide if a surveillance society is a good thing. This Monday on I-Witness at 11:30 p.m. or after Saksi. Executive producer/writer: Isel Caringal. Edit supervisor: Cris Sto. Domingo


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