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The Sensored City: Thoughts & Cautions

Mary Jander, Managing Editor, Future Cities
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 08:00 EST

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arv
arv  
2/28/2014 12:10:59 AM
User Rank Village Voice
why only airport?
@Mary: Just out of curosity, wanted to know why only the LED at Airports have sensors, why not big Hospitals or Malls or trade centers are put under scanner?  Is there anything specific for airports expect for the port of entry for visitors?

arv
arv  
2/28/2014 12:01:45 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Big Data explosion
With so many monitoring systems there is huge chunk data or Big data that increases and companies like IBM can benefit from Big-Data analytics, calls for public cloud storage.   With every city adding to these solutions I think there's going to be Big Data explosion. 

Also, Increased surveillance security may lead to increased threat of loosing information.  A sngle hack can bring the system down or lead to information leak.

arv
arv  
2/27/2014 11:56:26 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Life less enjoyable
I think this will lead for simply extra security surveillance.  Saying that this is a solution for a smart city having drones, LED sensors everywhere will make life less enjoyable and always under hammer.  It is like keeping a watch on your child at all times will hamper its growth, as there will be less self exploring/learning.

I agree when you say, "...I think it's time to consider just what it is we're allowing authorities to do in the Internet of Things" 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/21/2014 2:15:20 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Creepy but reassuring
I agree with you there, Hazel, but I also see how taking that attitude is leaving more room for abuse. If well throw up our hands and say, "hey, that's the price we pay for safety!" then little by little people will have less and less privacy or say over what happens with their data.

Hazel
Hazel  
2/20/2014 3:36:33 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Creepy but reassuring
I think of the creepiness factor as the tradeoff to this added security. If only tech that's win-win for all existed, no? Unfortunately at this time, this is what we have; and I think it's beneficial for all that it can do and record and take note of.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/19/2014 6:08:26 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Creepy but reassuring
That's certainly a lot of user accounts, @Nicole, and I'm not convinced they're all linked to terror plots. Still, I suppose we need to look at both sides; if a killer could be convicted based on phone records, then maybe it's worth opening up the account. That said, there definitely needs to be some legal parameters introduced here, I think. Right now, it seems to be a privacy free for all. Once the public becomes truly aware of what's going on, that could and should change.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/19/2014 6:04:21 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Creepy but reassuring
I'm with you on that, Mary. When I read the Times piece about the LEDs at Newark I was simultaneously encouraged and creeped out.

The issue of AT&T handing over data about 300,000 users bothers me more, actually... That's a lot of requests, and I feel there has to be some level of abuse going on here.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/19/2014 5:21:16 PM
User Rank Staff
Creepy but reassuring
Does anyone feel as I do -- a bit reassured about the value of more sophisticated technology for law enforcement while at the same time unsettled about the potential for misuse?

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