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While Big Brother, consequently the idea about the State, which keeps the society's citizens under surveillance, has been known for a long time, new forms of surveillance start to shoot forward.
Now it's no longer only the State, but citizens who are to keep other citizens under surveillance.
Out on the streets, at a smaller level and with less technology.
Therefore the phenomenon also goes under the name Little Brother.
Both the EU-commission and software & the consultant company IBM discuss just now in reports and working papers, how citizens with new technology like cell phones with built-in cameras henceforth can support the authorities.
For instance by relieving the pressure on the police in their daily work, writes Dagbladet Information.
"In connection with police tasks it's in the mood to use citizens' digital pictures and recordings of other citizens' criminal offences more systematically.
Thus the police in that way more easily can come into touch with the crime and faster clear up it", says Søren Duus Østergaard, who is a senior adviser within digital administration in IBM to Information.