Every year we have a Pirate Picnic in August on Georges Island. This year we decided to move the picnic to a more accessible location and give it a specific purpose: mapping the CCTV surveillance cameras in downtown Boston.
We setup cctv.masspirates.org to show the cameras that people have mapped in Open Street Map. We have used a number of tools to add the cameras we find to the map. It is still a bit of a hobby, but it is past time to get people using it.
We have mapped some of Cambridge and Somerville, but much of downtown Boston remains unexplored. This August, we aim to have a fun time fixing that. We need to know just how much we are under surveillance in public spaces.
Help pick the date for this outing. Please submit your vote by noon on Tuesday, July 18th.
On the day, we will meet for lunch on Boston Common, then go out and map surveillance cameras. We will show you how to map cameras using Open Street Map software on your smart phone or on a paper map for later data entry.
Looking forward to seeing you there!