Spot the Surveillance: A VR Experience for Keeping an Eye on Big


With the phone inserted in a cardboard headset, click the VR icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen to enter 3D mode.

iOS: Apple devices will not allow browsers to expand completely, so there will be some browser text around the scene. iOS devices do not include audio.


Spot the Surveillance is available with Safari if you set Motion & Orientation Access to “on” under settings. It also works with Brave and Duck Duck Go browsers.


A desktop-specific version is available here.
Use hold down your mouse’s left button and drag to move around the scene. Click to identify a device.

How to Provide Feedback

EFF is seeking feedback on user experience at this stage of the production. We intend to incorporate the feedback and bug reports into a new version available online in approximately April 2019.

We would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete a survey once you have experienced Spot the Surveillance.

Click here for the survey.[7]

About Spot the Surveillance

The project is informed by years of research compiled by EFF through its Street-Level Surveillance project, which aims to shine a light on how police use (and abuse) technology to spy on communities. [8]

EFF’s engineering and design team combined the open-source coding language A-Frame with 360-degree photography to create this project, which is shareable under the Creative Commons Attribution license. The project was supported during its development through the XRstudio[10] residency program at Mozilla.[9]

This project was also made possible with the support of a 2018 Journalism 360 Challenge grant. Journalism 360[11] is a global network of storytellers accelerating the understanding and production of immersive journalism. Its founding partners are the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Google New Initiative, and the Online News Association.

Detailed Attribution Notes

The fixed ALPR, mobile ALPR, and drone images that appear in the pop-up displays were created by Mike Katz-Lacabe. They are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. [12][13]

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