This seems very discomforting.
One UK businessman thinks he has come up with a solution by recruiting volunteers to watch live CCTV footage streamed over the web in return for cash prizes.
Businessman Tony Morgan sees his company, Internet Eyes, as the future with an army of volunteer spies monitoring live CCTV footage online and alerting police to any criminal activity they witness.
Their only incentive is a monthly prize of £1,000 for the best crime spotter of the month yet more than 10,000 recruits have already signed up.
There's something screaming at me that the idea of thousands of Big Brother's volunteer electronic curtain-twitchers snooping for the chance of a cash prize is deeply sinister. Probably because it reminds me too much of this.