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Combat Zones That See, or CTS, is a project of the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)[1] whose goal is to "track everything that moves" in a city by linking up a massive network of surveillance cameras to a centralised computer system.[2] Artificial intelligence software will then identify and track all movement throughout the city.[3]

CTS is described by DARPA as intended for use in combat zones, to deter enemy attacks on United States troops and to identify and track enemy combatants who launch attacks against U.S. soldiers.[2]

Civil liberties activists and writers of dystopian fiction believe that such programs have great potential for privacy violations, and have openly opposed the project.[2][4][5]

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  1. ^ Wikisource:DARPA Solicitation Number SN03-13: Pre-Solicitation Notice: COMBAT ZONES THAT SEE (CTS)
  2. ^ a b c Schachtman, Noah (July 8, 2003). "Big Brother Gets a Brain". Village Voice. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
  3. ^ Tether, Tony (March 9, 2005). "Statement by Dr. Tony Tether (DARPA) to the Senate Armed Services committee" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-11. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Another Tool For Big Brother?". Wired Magazine. July 2, 2003. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
  5. ^ Sniffen, Michael (August 1, 2003). "Spy Project Driving Fear Of Surveillance". Retrieved 2009-10-11.

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