I spy a Russian network camera

Two men in a government office somewhere in Russia.

An IP camera (or ‘network camera’) is, as the name suggests, a camera attached to a network. Who would have thought it?!

One of the advantages of a network camera is that its image can be viewed from a PC from anywhere on the network; one of the disadvantages of a network camera is that its image can be viewed from a PC from anywhere on the network, particularly if that network happens to be the worldwide international electric interweb.

It’s quite simple to search for certain IP camera feeds on Google: search for view/index.shtml

Someone has also created an open IP Camera Google Map.

But my favourite camera so far has been one that shows what looks like a local Russian government office within the city of Nizhny Novgorod. At the moment it looks like they’re about to have an early morning meeting:

Early morning meeting in a Russian local government office

I tell you, it’s more interesting than Big Brother! This is real people in a completely different country (unless you’re reading this on a PC in Russia) going about their every day job. Isn’t the internet an amazing thing!

Hands up if for a moment you secretly imagined that you were a member of CTU viewing something that Edgar or Chlöe had uploaded to your PDA. (It’s a 24 thing!)

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 49 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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