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Question Time on surveillance

A Question Time-themed event on the future of surveillance cameras in the UK; open to the public, in central London on Wednesday evening, February 21. To register for a free ticket to attend, click here. Audience members must register a place via Eventbrite or via

In the format of the BBC’s long running Question Time show, it will be chaired by the BBC’s James Naughtie, as a time to ask questions and debate issues on surveillance cameras: the proliferation of surveillance cameras in the UK, their purpose and function, their effectiveness and consequences, and developments in technology, such as facial recognition, drones and body-worn cameras.

Panelists are:

Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner;

Lord Brian Paddick, former Met Police man now the Liberal Democrats’ Lords Spokesperson for Home Affairs;

Silkie Carlo, Director of the civil liberties campaigners Big Brother Watch (BBW);

Simon Israel, Senior Home Affairs Correspondent, Chanel 4 News; and

Mike Barton, Durham Chief Constable; and national police lead on CCTV.

Host: Prof William Webster, director of CRISP (Centre for Research into Information Surveillance and Privacy), University of Stirling, and Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Stirling Management School. For more about the speakers, visit the CRISP website. Or contact

Picture by Mark Rowe; CCTV on street, Bloomsbury, central London.


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