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The story of the "My Big Bro" experiment

What is MyBigBro?MyBigBro is a system I have built that tracks a user on their journey through a city and captures and stores imagery of them that has been made available on the city’s CCTV traffic camera network, as they move through the field of vision of each subsequent CCTV traffic camera. Why'd you do that? There is a growing trend among Governments globally to make the data that they collect on their citizens as open and available as possible. The MyBigBro 'experiment' (I'll explain why I call it that later) explores this trend and leverages some of the data that is becoming accessible.
Some examples of open dataset repositories provided by Government are as follows: New Zealand: https://data.govt.nz/United Kingdom: https://data.gov.uk/Australia: https://data.gov.au/USA: http://www.data.gov/ One of the datasets that I find particularly interesting is CCTV traffic camera imagery. MyBigBro leverages that specifically. How does the MyBigBro experiment work? At the t…