Re: Monitoring people (was Re: Meritocracies and freedom ofinformation)

From: Andrew Clough (
Date: Mon Oct 22 2001 - 15:35:57 MDT

At 09:58 AM 10/22/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>A relatively simple way to monitor suspicious activity without new
>technology would be to make GPS units manditory for all licenced motor
>vehicles. The necessary infrastructure to continously monitor all
>vehicular motion could then be continously
>examined and sophisticated GIS/mapping overlays could (if the proper
>software was implemented) provide a relatively cheap anti-terrorist
>system that could be in place in 2-5 years.
>This would be intrusive to personal privacy but might there be civilian
>offsets to make this useful?

Yeah, if the information is used in a limited enough manner (a somewhat big
if) it wouldn't be that much more intrusive than having a licence plate and
driver's licence. It might help with automatic controls on highways, too,
and monitor for congestion there.

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