ALPRs tend to be hidden. However, like so many aspects of police surveillance, they are not a secret. In true panoptic fashion, the preponderance of ALPRs establishes the possibility that you are always being observed. And as with Ring, powerful and connected surveillance tech in the hands of “regular” citizens ramps up fear with constant notices of “invasions” by outsiders.
Gilliard reflects on the influence that such technology has on various situations.
In a technologically-created environment where “crime” becomes content, people will be moved to find crime.