[404 Media] AI Cameras Took Over One Small American Town. Now They're Everywhere

I think between this and the news about a program for location tracking that AP News covered last year, it really shows me how important it is to talk about these issues in local government. It’s city councils and police departments that are increasing surveillance in our communities, not just national governments. It makes me wonder if I need to start local activism even though that’s sounds like so much work.

This reminds me of the smart city funds $94M and what the US is working on. One concept and not trying to spread FUD, a smart highway offers free Wi-Fi in exchange for full access to every sensor that can be shared from your vehicle. Making every vehicle on the highway a surveillance system.
The benefits include faster responses to damaged roads, faster commutes, traffic congestion control. The trade offs IMO are huge.

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this is so sad and so funny at the same time, people are willing to hand over their rights for free wifi

I know it can’t be done overnight but it’s also such an america moment where it’s all so car centric.

Rural america is absolutely car centric. There is really no mass transit, for example I road on a city bus once 40 years ago.
We have these massive toll road systems where there is posted speed limits but it feels like your paying to drive as fast as you want.
Kids 16 to 18 years old, get minimum wage jobs just to afford gas to drive to work and go to school so they do not have to ride a public school bus. Driving 2 hours to 10 hours and never leaving a state is a day trip.

I don’t think it’s a bad idea per se. The devil is in the details.

I wouldn’t mind sharing my cameras with the police, as long as the link was offline and I would manually turn it on upon a justified request.

And by offline I mean cables unplugged, by the way.

That’s a good nuanced take. I think most privacy advocates are ok with sharing information for important events, but it’s the difference between getting a warrant for information and having real time access to data whenever. Ask for permission is the reasonable middle ground I think most of us would be ok with.