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Video cameras and the legislative assembly: video surveillance and the law in Rio de Janeiro

Based on the legislative debates around the issue of video surveillance and on the fieldwork carried out with the camera operators of the Public Security Department of Rio de Janeiro, the present article discusses important constitutive aspects of the video surveillance. Especially analyzed are the meaning fragmentation and the technical overdetermination, and their implications as well in the expectations around the video surveillance as in the practical accomplishment of the task of video monitoring.

Video surveillance; Insecurity; Technology; Legislative; Sociotechnical relations

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