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The Government cannot spy 24 hours a day every movement of every citizen, this would be a clear violation of privacy but what do you think about few cameras put in tactical places?
This one seems a middle way and now it is working fine.
Another example: look at Google Maps or your pc/smartphone camera.
The team behind Google Maps had to blur people’s face because that was a clear violation but you can still see every house or street of the world.
In addition, your camera can be easily hacked, allowing the hacker seeing everything.
This can be a good fact if used against an evildoer or a bad fact if used against common people.
The cameras are very useful if used in the right way (the law way) and we should not abuse it, like all the technologies.
Extending this concept, we can talk about smartphones.
The progress of technology is inversely proportional to the protection of privacy.
For example, every smartphone is equipped with GPS and it (and, of course, your physical position) can be easily detected, violating the right to be let alone.
There is a legal process (trial) about the “right to be let alone” and it is still incomplete. However, this is another story.
Can the right to be let alone be applied in case of crime?
They are still working on it.
Another example, the telephone tapping.
Perhaps the strongest instrument that the Government can use against people who break the law.
What do you think if it will be used against you or the common people?
Is it worth taking the risk?
All these questions are open because is impossible define a common use of the technology to prevent and/or reduce crime.
It depends from situation to situation.
Like a trial, there are no guarantees.
None of these problems, proposal o solutions could have been made without internet.
Nevertheless, we need three things:
- Spread internet all over the world
- Build infrastructure to allow the point one
- Teach to the people how to use it (in the right way)
It seems very hard but this is not impossible.
Even leaving aside the crime question, this will spread knowledge all over the world.
Sure, it is expensive, but think how will be the world after this.
All the cost will be paid off, at the end.
The gain will be incredible.
Not only money but also knowledge, security and a better quality of life.
I would like to conclude with a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:
“The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.”
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