Monday, December 12, 2005

America's shrinking surveillance free zone and motorists

I posted about the Canadian version of shrinking surveillance free space. Here's the U.S. version.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is testing a program to track vehicles wherever they go using global positioning satellites.

I'm actually in favor of charging motorists for using the highways. It's a way of accounting for what Micro-Economists call "externalities", or costs that usually get ignored, in a cost-benefit analysis.

What I'm not in favor of is more government surveillance of innocent people who are minding their own business.

As I said previously, once a system is built no matter it's original purpose human beings will want to use it for anything it's capable of doing.

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