March 8, 2012

"The costly web cameras put in place in Russia's polling stations to combat fraud served a dual purpose..."

"... giving viewers an unusual glimpse of the lives of people all over the country — from small Chechen villages to Tyumen nightlife and beyond."
Anyone with an Internet connection could rove the land, spying on a range of buildings that work as polling stations during elections — from schools to sanatoriums and even private homes....

In Tyumen, a party at a polling station quickly went viral as the 60th birthday party of a man called Nikolai was caught on camera, complete with slow "sexy" dancing and vodka-drinking toasts to Nikolai's young age....

One of the most widely discussed polling stations was a private house in the village of Meseda in Chechnya, where one of the elections commission officials, a woman in her 50s, could be seen with her husband and baby, with a blue sheet hung up to hide the voting "booth." The baby proved especially popular among viewers and users of Twitter.

6 comments:

edutcher said...

I wonder if anyone was taking the names of all those faces.

Pogo said...

In Russia, video votes you.

John said...

This is a good illustration of what David Brin was writing about in his book The Transparent Society. What the watchers see should be available to everybody.

Irene said...

Ha ha. It's a cultural problem, not a political problem.

Carnifex said...

Love me some David Brin, I'll have to look that one up. I was thinking the Light of Other Days, or Vinge's Rainbow's End.

I don't think the American Government is smart enough to make it open viewing. The people in power like their secrets too much.

Rich Rostrom said...

...a woman in her 50s... could be seen with her husband and baby...

In her 50s? With her baby?