"Skvallerspeglar” or “gossip mirrors,” are clever and simple devices through which one can watch the street without opening the window and also not be seen. They can be found in small villages as well as in big cities in Sweden, Denmark Holland and even in the New England section of the United States. The phenomenon is an early form of surveillance. Today surveillance technologies have become sophisticated, ubiquitous and often concealed. The mirrors also suggest that watching and listening to others is enjoyable. Mirrors and windows provide a means of surveillance and connection to the outside. Connection and surveillance are the basis of community. Today we are surrounded by electronic and non-electronic means of surveillance through private and governmental means. The urban authorities seem to govern the most innocent spaces of everyday life. Observation has been institutionalized, industrialized and “governmentized.” Control is the means of power and strive for a transparent city, where the citizen are under continuous supervision. This panel will examine surveillance and access to physical and mediated windows. The relationship between proximity and observation will be explored in terms of sense of community and identity, connection and disconnection to neighbours and perceived risk and safety.