Peeping with Google

On: December 7, 2006
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About Jan Simons
Associate Professor New Media at the Dept. of Media Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam.


In addition to Heleen’s list of interesting locative media websites: you might have come across the article in De Volkskrant of December 7th that reported how easy it is to search for webcams through Google. Many webcams are, of course, mounted for the global public display of locations through the Internet. But there are also quite a lot of webcams trained on places that are not meant for the general public to see, like research laboratories, schools, or on semi public places where one would like to have a bit of privacy, like libraries, bars and lounges for instance.

On the website ‘‘ you can find the commands you have to feed into Google.

Another website is ‘ – Unveiling the Unprotected Live Webcam Streams‘. And that is what it does.

3 Responses to “Peeping with Google”
  • December 8, 2006 at 5:21 pm

    When we were in the medialab project we discovered that the cam streams in the lab were online, so we could visit the website at home and have a look at what was going on in the medialab. It was quite funny that we could surveil our colleagues at home. The streams were not protected by a password, so basically anyone who has the link can look at the streams.

  • December 8, 2006 at 5:23 pm
  • April 23, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Cam Hacker search engine can be used for finding unprotected real live public streaming webcams around the world found through a variety of clever search techniques and is built with the Google Co-op custom search engine tool (CSE).

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