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CCTV NATION | Location Based Augmented MMO Game

Watch the watchers | Surveillance tech is around you | Choose a side: Security vs Privacy | Watch Dogs meets Ingress

CCTV NATION | Location Based Augmented MMO Game

Watch the watchers | Surveillance tech is around you | Choose a side: Security vs Privacy | Watch Dogs meets Ingress

$10,469
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Funding Unsuccessful
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Last updated June 5, 2015

About

A global surveillance effort has been announced by governments and confirmed by whistleblowers. 

Real mobile networks and security cameras in your own neighbourhood are watching you.

Capture surveillance technologies in the real world, understand their risks and vulnerabilities. It is what CCTV Nation is all about. Somebody is watching you. Find out who, where and how. Use their tools against them. Watch back!

Experience the world of hacking and surveillance. Watch Dogs and Person Of Interest in a location based AR MMO game that turns the real world into a playground.

The outcome of playing CCTV Nation will be an Open Data map with all security cams and mobile networks on it.

  • Location based AR MMO game  | All the world's a stage 
  • Two factions fight over who will control and own surveillance assets around us
  • Outdoor/Indoor gameplay: mapview or augmented camview for field agents and desktop command center for team-asset coordination
  • Solo or co-op gameplay
  • Public value via Open Data map
  • F2P yet no Pay to Win, no ads

"Somebody out there knows more about you than you about them. It’s time to watch back."

The scope and purpose of secret surveillance endeavours is unknown, but some activists and concerned citizens believe it is influencing the way we live. There are two sides... 

The Security Guardians embrace the power of surveillance that technology may bestow upon us. Knowing where CCTV cams and networks are allows them to walk safely through their monitored territories. 

The Privacy Resistance is here to defend and protect citizens from Big Brother's oversteps. Knowing how to use technology, they refuse to be ruled by it and walk in the shadows.

Both sides want to know where security cams and mobile networks are installed and what they do. Different reasons, same goal.  

Move through the real world using your Android or iOS device and discover surveillance assets. Acquire objects to aid in your quest, deploy tech to capture territory, ally and co-opt with other players to advance the cause of the Security or the Resistance.

The first moment you start playing CCTV Nation on your mobile, you will see surveillance tech around you. Even small cities have 3/4G or GPS antennas, wifi hotspots and traffic cameras. Chances are you get attacked immediately. Shielding oneself from attacks is your first step and gets you cryptopoints.

Once protected, you can start watching the watchers. You can use AR camview to scan your street or use an intelligence mapview for your whole district. Start by exploring your neighbourhood with your scanner. You can either already attack or protect assets within range or you find out how to move to an asset close by.

It is fun to play in familiar but also new territories.

Finding new and unmapped security technologies in your neighbourhood is highly rewarded. Yet players also get points for attack and defence of established assets.  

You can infiltrate an asset owned by the other side by updating its meta-data, like “wifi network settings” or “camera make”. This provides you with a back-door. Or you can launch a brute force hacking attack to take over the asset, in case it is poorly protected.

Be warned, most attacks will be noticed by the other side and their nearby players will get mission alerts to stop you from attacking their territory. Attacking an asset that is more powerful than your tool or skill level will cost you extra energy.

Assets owned by your own faction within your scanner range can be armed and protected in similar fashion. Successful asset defense or attack gets you even more cryptopoints.

Fighting over known surveillance assets keeps the game interesting and fun to play whenever and wherever. Plus it keeps the data up to date.

Cameras are verified with location based pictures. Wifi and cell networks are verified based on signal strength and direction as well as pictures.

Verification processes generally follow the guidelines of the Verification Handbook or exceed them.

Confirm that a drone is scouting your neighbourhood by taking a photo and the game is on. Not only do you get extra points yourself but you also launch a bounty hunt mission for other players in your proximity.

Inspired by Cicada 3301, CCTV Nation will integrate puzzle hunts. Experience the deep web universe on location based scavenger hunts and use your skills to solve them. Get in the mood with this NPR podcast or watch Person of Interest Episode Nautilus.

Move through the real world outdoors using your Android or iOS device to play. 

Indoor gameplay is also possible and exciting. Analysts can find potential targets via e.g. Google Street View and coordinate field agents using intelligence maps. 

Over time, players collect useful hacking tools that allow them to:

  • white-hat tools: protect own assets 
  • black hat tools: attack enemy territory:  

Find and explore hidden marketplaces to trade items and expand your tool box. 

Complex co-opt MMO strategies and battles can arise when both sides team up and form groups of individuals acting together.

The struggle for liberty and control spans the entire world. While it is possible to play solo, groups of people acting together can be more effective than individuals acting alone. Cooperation across neighborhoods, cities, and countries will be needed to achieve the ultimate victory of knowing and owning surveillance assets. 

A global AI controls group game dynamics, hacking and influencing it is part of the mysterious quest. 

Extra points are earned for finding or protecting surveillance assets at hotspot locations. CCTV Nation determines Hotspots like live gatherings with the help of the Social Media APIs and its real-time geo-location data services. 

The outcome of playing CCTV Nation will be a map with all security cams and mobile networks on it. All CCTV data will be available under an Open Data license agreement and will be accessible on wikidata.

Our goal is to build a fun game that can also make our world more transparent and open, not to aggregate and sell more user data ourselves. CCTV Nation will not use advertising as a business model and will not turn our user into products. We believe it is important to introduce this paradigm early for a cool augmented game revolution to happen.

Hence, we will not store general location data about users (in contrast to Google Ingress). We will store geo and time snapshots of your discovered assets so that we can provide an Open Data map to the public. However, no user data, also no user- or avatar name, will be part of the Open Data map.

Zvetan Dragulev | CEO

co-founder & CEO @ own3D.tv livestreaming for 10m gamers | PS: developed text adventures on his C64 in the 80s because he couldn't wait for the next release.

Barna Mink | scalability advisor

technical leadership @ Gracenote | scalable architecture used by iTunes, Amazon, Xbox | PS: loves to hack, brew and to be around animals. Barna cannot wait for more outdoor games to come.

Hutan Vahdani | CCO

documentary filmmaker: Eben Moglen on surveillance | Jacob Appelbaum on privacy and government surveillance, creative @YASSSU a citizen journalism and media platform | PS: privacy & net neutrality activist of no party or group.

We are self financed yet prefer to get the community involved early. We want to make CCTV Nation great to play for us and those truly interested in our game idea.

CCTV Nation is an ambitious project. We have an experienced and skilful team and are crazy enough to tackle it. But to make it, we need your support. We invite everybody interested in our vision to reach out to us. 

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Risks and challenges

We want to roll out CCTV Nation globally. Gameplay will allow for teams to securely see their members’ geolocations in real time. This needs a lean and mean server architecture to perform and scale. Throwing “clouds” at this issue alone does not do it.

We are therefore delighted to have Barna Mink (Senior Director of Engineering, Music Technologies at Gracenote) as our scalability advisor on board. His experience with building large distributed service architectures (1B transactions / day) is essential.
Zvetan Dragulev, CEO of Open Realities, has valuable experience with managing a 10m user livestreaming platform.

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