A black woman invented home security. Why did it go so wrong? | Curio

A black woman invented home security. Why did it go so wrong?

16 mins | Jan 5, 2022

Surveillance systems will always exist to serve power. In 1966, Marie Van Brittain Brown, a black woman from New York invented the home security system to keep herself and her family safe. However, five decades later, there’s a boom in home security products like the Amazon suite and Google’s security cameras that turn our homes and neighbourhoods into a different kind of fortress. Chris Gilliard explores how surveillance technology performs a carceral function by attempting to capture and control marginalised populations, questioning the prevailing assumptions about what keeps communities safe.

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