[talk-au] 'Restrictive cartography'

John Smith deltafoxtrot256 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 8 14:28:30 BST 2010

On 8 July 2010 23:05, Jim Croft <jim.croft at gmail.com> wrote:
> http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20727670.900-virtual-prisons-how-emaps-are-curtailing-our-freedom.html

The only new thing in that article is the potential scale being hinted
at, but this is merely an evolution of existing technology.

As they point out, some people already have RFID transceivers
installed in their cars for tolls, a few years ago cops in New York
City lost their jobs because the company in charge of the tollway
installed sensors along the length of the road way, not just at toll
points so you could track where people went, and the cops in questions
weren't where they should have been.

The same company got subpoenaed by divorce lawyers to check up on
cheating spouses.

Same with GPS tracking technology, this stuff has been used for years
to house arrest people in the US and also track sex offenders going
too close to schools, but it was shown recently triggered alarms
weren't acted upon, so no matter how well the technology is designed
we can thank human complacency to limit the overall abuse. :)

You also have various governments assuming that road usage can be
tracked by GPS, this kind of system has been used in parts Europe for
taxis for a while, the result is GPS signal is blocked or faked to
abuse the system.

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