Big Brother is welcome in the Big Apple.

According to a report from Politico, New York City Mayor Eric Adams is a fan of Big Brother surveillance techniques —in fact, he thinks more New York City residents should be happy about being watched.

Even as crime has jumped 23.5 percent over the past year in NYC.

From Politico:

In an interview with POLITICO, Adams promised an expansion of technology-assisted policing to detect weapons. Over the past year, he has promoted the use of cameras and lauded divisive facial recognition devices.

“It blows my mind how much we have not embraced technology, and part of that is because many of our electeds are afraid. Anything technology they think, ‘Oh it’s a boogeyman. It’s Big Brother watching you,’” Adams said. “No, Big Brother is protecting you.”

Earlier in the year he tasked Phil Banks — his deputy mayor for public safety, a dormant role he recreated — to travel the world in search of effective public safety technologies. At least two police-related tech firms — ShotSpotter and evolve — were among those lobbying Banks and other city officials for an expanded role in law enforcement, according to city records.

Adams said his plans to use more technological tools to detect guns, among other things, were stymied by a court ruling this year but are “in the hopper” for 2023.

The initiatives have been met with skepticism from civil liberties organizations.

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