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posted by martyb on Sunday December 06 2015, @07:31PM   Printer-friendly
from the goose-and-gander dept.

If you have an IP-enabled security camera, you can download some free, open-source software from GitHub and boom—you have a fully functional automated license plate reader, reports ArsTechnica .

Matt Hill, OpenALPR's founder, told Ars technica "I'm a big privacy advocate... now you've got LPR just in the hands of the government, which isn't a good thing."

Will "they" like it when "we" have a crowdsourced database of where and when congressmen, judges and cops go throughout their work day?

Does this level the playing field? Open yet another can of worms? Both?

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Sunday December 06 2015, @08:38PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday December 06 2015, @08:38PM (#272565) Journal

    I don't like your comparison. I don't like the implications of what you say. But, damn, maybe you're right. That's going to take a little thinking. Is it possible that to defend against surveillance, I have to be part of the surveillance network? I need to learn how to use it, and put it to my own best advantage? I need to learn how it really works, and how it can be misused, so that I can turn it around to my use?

    I guess that also, when it is being misused against me, I need to be able to see that, so that I can help to prevent that misuse?

    Sounds like a twisted world. But, it's probably not much more twisted than the old world. Back in past centuries, they had things like trial by fire, trial by water, and other silly twisted shit. Tomorrow, it will be trial by video evidence?

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 06 2015, @08:44PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 06 2015, @08:44PM (#272569)

    I'm putting my money on trial by trolling comment sections.

  • (Score: 2) by edIII on Tuesday December 08 2015, @02:38AM

    by edIII (791) on Tuesday December 08 2015, @02:38AM (#273159)

    No, it wouldn't, IF we made the politicians (law makers) and executives (pay the politicians to make their laws) live in a fish bowl. When a politician CAN'T get away to a private bathroom stall to test "a wide stance" with a random dude, when a politician CAN'T get away with a little vaykay with a Congressional Page, when an executive cannot make a single statement without social media fallout, brand tarnishing etc. you will see change so fast your head will spin .

    The answer is to make them live as transparently as they're forcing us to. Only we can live with the transparency. They'll die in a week when exposed to the sunlight.

    This is an extremely good idea, but I would want triggers in the system to track "dedicated targets". Just like the no-fly list being secretive and difficult to get delisted from, the public list of targets we monitor (to give them 0% privacy in life) all trigger multiple, random, and nearly automated information feeds. Want to "follow" the sex lives of your politicians? You can now! You want to know the second they arrive at a Target so you can approach them and ask random appropriation committee questions? You can NOW!

    Bwahahahahah..... This is the best idea since sliced bread. Make all those assholes live in a fish bowl for every second they deny and attack our privacy. Make them live the wisdom of "be careful what you ask for, you might get it". I positively just know that we would see astounding reductions in corporate crime, political corruption, bribery, etc. the moment we engaged in a mass 1% surveillance system.

    Fuck surveillance on the 99%! Do it to the 1% and see what crimes we could stop.

    Technically, lunchtime is at any moment. It's just a wave function.