Oakland, CA – Under the guise of fighting violent crime, Oakland’s proposed Domain Awareness Center project actually intends to track political protesters and monitor large demonstrations. East Bay residents are putting pressure on the city council but it has been a difficult task, as the controversial item continues to be put last on council’s meeting agendas, often discussed in middle of the night.
Phase one of the surveillance system is already underway, using vehicle and pedestrian recognition technologies along with motion sensors. The next phase is having some delay due to the fact that the current contractor is a subsidiary of a company that is a nuclear enterprise. As the City of Oakland is a nuclear-free zone, this could prevent phase two from moving forward for now.
The ACLU of Northern California is also demanding that more transparency and oversight be established before the citywide surveillance center is established on the Port. It is unclear what the true purpose and technological capabilities of the DAC are as it is open-ended in scope. The purported cost of $10.9 million is to be bankrolled by a Department of Homeland Security grant.
This Tuesday, the Oakland Privacy working group is hosting a Stop the DAC party at Oscar Grant Plaza in an attempt to put pressure on the City Council while raising public awareness of this threat to privacy. The rally will be held outside Oakland City Hall as city council members meet to discuss the future of the project.
Posted by Oskar Mosco, Oakland, @CA10th