Civil liberties watch: The digitization of physical surveillance

Civil liberties watch: The digitization of physical surveillance

Summary: Ted Berger, director of the USC Center for Neural Engineering, has developed exquisitely sensitive acoustic analysis software capable of spotting gunshots (okay, probably not so hard), whispers, footfalls, and the sound of feet climbing a chain link fence, among other things. In conjunction with an array of microphones, the software could be used to guard unmanned borders or instantly pinpoint and report gun-related crime in urban environments.

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Ted Berger, director of the USC Center for Neural Engineering, has developed exquisitely sensitive acoustic analysis software capable of spotting gunshots (okay, probably not so hard), whispers, footfalls, and the sound of feet climbing a chain link fence, among other things. In conjunction with an array of microphones, the software could be used to guard unmanned borders or instantly pinpoint and report gun-related crime in urban environments.

So what?

Dr. Berger's system is probably, as usual, only the beginning. What we're seeing here is part of the industrialization and digitization

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  • Civil liberties watch: The clash of two futures

    The following statement came out in the Chicago Reader this week, and when I read your piece on yet another weapon in the arsenal of these fascists, I thought I'd better share it. Your article reveals an important piece of the micro --- the statement I'm sending the link to looks at the macro and speaks to why we have to do more than "watch" our civil liberties, or we'll be watching them disappear more quickly than we think. Here's the intro and the link ...

    THE BATTLE FOR THE FUTURE WILL BE FOUGHT
    FROM HERE FORWARD!

    YOU THINK YOU KNOW.... BUT YOU HAVE NO IDEA.... JUST WHAT BUSH HAS IN STORE FOR.... YOU.... US.... THE WORLD.... OUR FUTURE!

    Straight up?Bush and his people aren?t just ordinary Republicans. And they?re not ordinary Christians either. They are Christian Fascists?dangerous fanatics who aim to make the U.S. a religious dictatorship and to force this upon the world. If they get their way?and they are very far along the road to getting it?society will be plunged into a high-tech Dark Ages....

    full statement at www.rwor.org/future
    Printable PDFs

    This is information that needs to be discussed everywhere with everyone you know. Circulate this statement online and off -- it needs to reach millions!
    yomarty