iSee (2003)

iSee is an inverse surveillance application for wireless devices and web-browsers that enables users to monitor and avoid CCTV surveillance cameras. iSee users are presented with an interactive map showing the locations of known CCTV cameras in public space. Users click on the map to specify a point of origin and destination, and iSee employs artificial intelligence algorithms to determine a path of least surveillance between the two points that avoids as many cameras as possible.

iSee was initially released as a website covering New York City's surveillance cameras (www.appliedautonomy.com/isee) in October 2001, and was included in the Ctrl_Space exhibition at the ZKM. A wireless version was released in August of 2002 with the support of a commission from Rhizome, and debuted in a four-day workshop at Eyebeam gallery in New York. At this event, the IAA collaborated with the Surveillance Camera Players to use iSee to document hundreds of ...

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iSee is an inverse surveillance application for wireless devices and web-browsers that enables users to monitor and avoid CCTV surveillance cameras. iSee users are presented with an interactive map showing the locations of known CCTV cameras in public space. Users click on the map to specify a point of origin and destination, and iSee employs artificial intelligence algorithms to determine a path of least surveillance between the two points that avoids as many cameras as possible.

iSee was initially released as a website covering New York City's surveillance cameras (www.appliedautonomy.com/isee) in October 2001, and was included in the Ctrl_Space exhibition at the ZKM. A wireless version was released in August of 2002 with the support of a commission from Rhizome, and debuted in a four-day workshop at Eyebeam gallery in New York. At this event, the IAA collaborated with the Surveillance Camera Players to use iSee to document hundreds of CCTV cameras in several New York neighborhoods. These cameras were displayed on a large map in the gallery space, promoting dialog with the public about privacy, surveillance, and public space.

iSee has provoked public debate over CCTV use in such publications as Wired Magazine, the London Financial Times, and BusinessWeek and on websites including Slashdot and Fox News. iSee is also featured on Yahoo's "Travel and Transportation" guide to New York City. iSee has also been exhibited at Princeton University, Brown University, and the New Museum (New York). A version of iSee featuring Amsterdam's CCTV cameras debuted at World_Information in 2002.

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