Date & Time

Wed, 08/06/2008


Advancements in camera, video, and sensor technology have led a variety of public and private organizations to track our movements and activities. Anonymous technicians are documenting our identity, constructing our profiles, logging our Internet use, monitoring our preferences, peeping in on our purchases and locating our precise behavior, whereabouts, and relationships. As the technology proliferates, our privacy and our behavior are being subject to view and control without our knowledge. In Britain there is now 1 camera for every 13 citizens.

  • Are we gaining anything in exchange for this loss of privacy and freedom?
  • Are we more secure or more vulnerable?
  • Who decides how much surveillance is too much or too little and how is the balance achieved?
  • Can we do better or is the specter of “1984” the inevitable reality of the 21st century?


Kevin Keenan
ACLU, San Diego

Kevin Keenan is executive director of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. He started in the position in July 2005. Keenan began with the ACLU as a campus group organizer and then went on to serve as interim director of the ACLU affiliates in Nevada and New Jersey. He helped human rights reform efforts in Belfast, Northern Ireland following the Good Friday Peace Agreement and monitored elections in the former Yugoslavia. As an Equal Justice Works fellow, he then served as an attorney for children in Virginia’s juvenile prisons and succeeded in pressing new laws to improve reentry services.

Mohan Trivedi
UCSD, Computer Vision and Robotics Research Lab

Mohan Manubhai Trivedi serves on the faculty of UC San Diego as a Professor of Engineering and Director of the Computer Vision and Robotics Research Laboratory. Dr. Trivedi has a broad range of research interests in the computer vision systems, “active” perception, intelligent (“smart”) environments, intelligent vehicles and transportation systems and human-machine interfaces fields. He has served on several administrative positions, including, Founding Executive Committee Member of the University of California System wide Digital Media Innovation Program, Executive Committee member of the UCSD Cal-IT2 Institute, and Chairman of the IEEE Computer Society’s Robotics Technical Committee. Dr. Trivedi serves regularly as a consultant to industry and government agencies in the USA and abroad and is serving as an Expert Panelist for the Strategic Highway Research Program of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Science.

Marcus Nieto
California Research Bureau

Marcus Nieto is a senior policy research specialist at the California Research Bureau, where he has worked since 1993. In his capacity as a senior researcher, he served as a Principal Consultant for the California Governor’s School Violence Prevention and Response Task Force (April 2000) and the California Council on Criminal Justice Planning (1998). He has participated in state government oversight for the Little Hoover Commission on prison health care, parole and probation, and mentally ill offenders. (1997, 1999, and 2002.), In addition, Mr. Nieto has conducted statewide surveys of local law enforcement agencies, county courts, social service agencies and probation departments to assess their levels of response to critical public policies issuers such as arrest of parents with children, level of probation offender supervision, domestic violence, and collection of criminal penalties, and fines.