Alerta Móvil de Contra-Vigilancia (AMCV) is a project by Anónimo Colectivo with the intent to provide a tool that permits anyone to have the exact location of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on the street of any city using a mobile device. This with the purpose of discussing about the extended use of technologies of surveillance and their effects on the public space, the right of privacy and autonomy of the individual.
The project is divided in two main parts:
1.- The mobile application where the user can explore a map that displays the location of CCTV cameras on the street according to their current position. Also the application emits an alert when the user is within 10 meters of a CCTV camera. The user can add new cameras to the database from their mobile phone.
2.- A web site that is the central resource of information where a user can register and add CCTV cameras to the map and update the database. On this web site the application is available free to download.
The purpose of AMCV is motivated as a response to the over extended presence of surveillance technologies that turn the public space into a constant representation of power by regulating such spaces where the individual acts. Regulation that is not subject to any law but represented through the social body, its customs and a constant observation, that the expected behaviors are followed.
AMCV inverts the principle of surveillance that targets the individual by a surveillance that aims to the very same technologies of surveillance. This enables the subject with technologies that allow himself to practice a counter-surveillance and create a network of information that can be used freely by anyone.
AMCV success depends on the capacity of the system to attract users that are willing to contribute with information about the location of CCTV cameras.
The mobile application released as Free Software helps the program to be extensively available and peer reviewed.