The design of the Solar Eye is based on the concept of a panopticon in which the building is the 'inspection house' and the city is the 'prison'. However, the design is only symbolic and cannot actually function as a panopticon because there is no way to see everything from the building.
A modern day functional panopticon is created through the use of CCTV and internet surveillance. The philosophy behind this is that because we never know if we're being watched, it is better to be safe and stay within the line at all times, thus internalizing the authoritative gaze and staying obedient.
- The Solar Eye is the name most often used to refer to the Bureau of Information Technology and Civil Harmony because of the latter's acronym.