Tuesday, September 8, 2015

#251 / Drones Against The Homeless

Various neighborhoods utilize services like Nextdoor to provide a neighborhood communications system. In my home town, the communications I have seen have most often involved lost dogs and cats, lost wallets and keys, block party announcements, requests for recommendations for a good plumber, or for a good auto mechanic, and offers of free building supplies.

Most recently, however (something a bit different), I learned of a neighborhood-based effort to organize a drone surveillance program:

I am getting a drone to identify the encampments where they [homeless persons] are living illegally. As a status, we are $900 away from what we need. Just nine people to give $100 each would do it. That will provide a quad-copter with an infrared camera to identify and report the encampments.

I have always been a strong advocate of community-based organization, but I must admit I hadn't ever thought of this approach.

At least, as far as I know, this drone will not be "weaponized."

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1 comment:

  1. Yet it is still an intrusive machine that can be easily used for invasion of privacy. I don't trust drones in the hands of neighborhood groups any more than in the hands of the military. It's the technology, not the user.

    No drones, no way.


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