Village Mob Blocks Street View Car
Google has faced a lot of criticism for its Street View service, but this past Wednesday was the first time, I think, that they faced an angry mob when one of its cars tried to photograph streets in Broughton, a village in Buckinghamshire, England: BBC News, Times. No word on whether torches and pitchforks were used to turn back the Google car. This, in a country packed to the rafters with closed-circuit surveillance cameras (“which I guess is okay because it’s the well-meaning government and not a thoughtless evil corporation,” says Brian). Valleywag calls this essentially a revolt of the affluent (“One wonders how the police and driver would have responded if a similar mob had formed in a poor inner city neighborhood”). Thanks to Catholicgauze, Chachy and Mapperz for the links.