Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Latest Uses of the Geospatial Revolution Helps Track and Predict Citizens' Movements, Poses Temptation for Police State

Geographers used pattern-of-life analysis and socio-cultural analysis to help kill/capture insurgents in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.  Now the same tools and techniques are used by the Department of Homeland Security, local police, and other agencies to track American citizens without a warrant.  Whether it is merely logging via cameras where your car drives or using the FarOut software to predict your future movement years in advance, the geospatial revolution has given man tools to amass and analyze great amounts of data.  We can use these tools to save lies or implement a police state.  The choice is up to us.  However, the desire for knowledge and the fallen nature of man is the oldest story in history.

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. - (Genesis 2:16-17, King James Bible)

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