October 03, 2008 | Becky Hogge

Show Parliament the Big Picture

Big Ben being watchedI'm pleased to announce that I can now reveal the location for our live collage of the hundreds of surveillance state photos you've been taking this week for the Freedom Not Fear, Big Picture event.

On 11 October, we'll gather underneath the statue of Winston Churchill on Parliament Square in London to build an image showing where the incremental invasions of our privacy you've been documenting will eventually lead British society. We need ten or so people to help, so if you'd like to offer a hand, email info [AT] openrightsgroup.org and let us know.

On Monday, ORG and No2ID put out a call for people to take photos of stuff that embodies the database state, and the UK’s world-famous surveillance society. Since then, hundreds of photos of surveillance cameras and other database state ephemera from all over the country have been uploaded to Flickr or emailed to FreedomNotFear@no2id.net. There's still time to get snapping, so if you fancy getting involved, here are the easy-to-follow instructions:

  1. Spot something that embodies the UK's wholesale transformation into the surveillance society/database state. Subjects might include your local CCTV camera(s), or fingerprinting equipment in your child's school library
  2. Snap it
  3. Upload it to Flickr and tag it "FNFBigPicture" - please use an Attribution Creative Commons license* (alternatively, email your picture to FreedomNotFear@no2id.net)
  4. That's it!

*We need you to license it this way because we want to give the image to newspapers to run on the day.

Freedom not Fear is an international day of action for democracy, free speech, human rights and civil liberties, and events to celebrate these central tenets of a just society will be taking place all over the world.

Thanks to stephenjjohnson@flickr for the image.

Comments (5)

  1. Laurie West-Knights QC:
    Oct 04, 2008 at 05:01 PM

    Good stuff. I have just been persuaded by my friend William Heath to join ORG on an annual basis; I had not previously heard of it.

    Best wishes for the event on the 11th,

    Laurie W-K

  2. The Open Rights Group : Blog Archive » Freedom Not Fear: the Big Picture unveiled on Parliament Square:
    Oct 11, 2008 at 04:17 PM

    [...] as we constructed a massive 4m x 5m collage of all the photos you’ve been uploading of UK surveillance state ephemera over the past couple of [...]

  3. Stephen:
    Oct 13, 2008 at 05:38 PM

    Oops - I tidied up the source picture to deal with some oddly skewed verticals and the version linked to in the story seems to have gone away (the text link still works). You might like to fix the image link. Sorry, Stephen.

  4. Blogroll » Freedom Not Fear: the Open Rights Group photo-action:
    Oct 09, 2008 at 01:52 AM

    [...] stuff that embodies the database state, and the UK’s world-famous surveillance society. Here are instructions for sending us your photos. If you’d like to join the action, email info [AT] openrightsgroup.org and let us [...]

  5. ed hardy:
    Nov 06, 2009 at 01:34 PM

    [...] Register and more information on the Creative Business in the Digital Era (CBDE) site. Also see the ORG announcement. [...]