Ignoring the concerns surrounding data collection and privacy, Oakland continues to push forward with their federally funded, citywide surveillance project known as the Domain Awareness Center.
The project in Oakland will link everything from ever-controversial license plate scanners to surveillance cameras to gunshot detectors, Twitter feeds, and more.
It began as a joint project between the city and the Port of Oakland, part of a nationwide initiative to make ports more secure by placing and networking cameras and other sensors around the port.
In total, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made $150 million available as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Port Security Grant Program. The Port of Oakland is one of the seven “highest risk” ports which were allocated a total of $81.4 million.
Since the program began in 2009, it went from something focusing only on the ports, to a citywide, massive surveillance program.
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