The London congestion charge is a fee charged on most motor vehicles operating within the Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ) in central London between 07:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday…The scheme makes use of purpose-built automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras… to record vehicles entering and exiting the zone. Cameras can record number plates with a 90% accuracy rate through the technology… The cameras take two still pictures in colour and black and white and useinfrared technology to identify the number plates. The camera network and other roadside equipment is managed largely automatically by an instation system… which delivers number plates to the billing system. These identified numbers are checked against the list of payers overnight by computer. In those cases when a number plate has not been recognised then they are checked manually. Those that have paid but have not been seen in the central zone are not refunded, and those that have not paid and are seen are fined. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a futuristic city which takes unorthodox steps to protect the environment while violating citizen privacy.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about the violations of privacy the government uses to seek out terrorists, etc.?

Art Prompt: Big Brother

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about governmental incursions into privacy. How do you feel about them? Where do you think the line should be drawn?

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