Editor's letter


The all-seeing eye

The 18th century English utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham is famous for his concept of the 'panopticon', a circular prison whose warder was placed at the centre, able to see into every cell. The idea was humane in intent. The knowledge of perfect surveillance would impose self-discipline on the prisoners, avoiding the need for a large prison staff constantly administering brutal punishments.

Today, surveillance camera technology has brought about an electronic panopticon

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