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Oakland Is Building a Big Data Center For Police Surveillance 92

rjmarvin writes "$7 million in federal grant money originally tasked with terrorism prevention is now being used to fund construction of a new data center in Oakland to electronically gather and analyze data around the clock from a variety of sensors and databases, displaying selected info on a bank of giant monitors. The center will mine massive data streams, helping the police department tap into 911 calls, port and traffic cameras, license plate readers, gunshot sensors, social media posts and commuters' electronic toll payments."
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Oakland Is Building a Big Data Center For Police Surveillance

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  • Embarassing Point (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 17, 2013 @05:01AM (#45150739)

    "Tap into 911 calls" I think it'd be a bit embarrassing but someone ought to point out to the Oakland police that calls to 911 are in fact often calls to the police, so the only thing they'd need to tap into them is, well pick up the bloody ringing phone to be honest.

  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Thursday October 17, 2013 @05:01AM (#45150741) Homepage
    As an Oakland native, i think its only fair to clarify what the police department means by these technologies in their pursuit of law enforcement:

    911 calls: those troubling interruptions from sleeping, fast food or harassing the homeless that require you do actually respond to something in an hour or so.

    port and traffic cameras often seen on the morning news, and cited frequently throughout the day, it sure would be neat if we used them as frequently as motorists and media personalities did, but that would require us to repair the 400 or so that still dont work.

    license plate readers the closest thing we've got to a thoughtcrime detector. if you havent made quota, this little go-getter is like a golden goose for finding people with parking tickets, expired registrations, and the ever guilty smudgy plate that cant be read.

    gunshot sensors Residents, mostly. Try not to obsess over the ones in low-income neighborhoods, they're constantly going off and its becoming a nuisance.

    social media posts and commuters' electronic toll payments. Ford has a new police car this year, Bushmaster has a new rifle this year, my cruiser laptop is getting too slow to play minecraft, blaze yellow stop sticks are the new black this year, oh, and uh, protect 'n' serve or something.
  • by Gravis Zero ( 934156 ) on Thursday October 17, 2013 @06:29AM (#45150983)

    The only subtle distinction is that the terror that we need to worry about are increasingly of the domestic variety.

    the important question is if the increase is the cause of our actions or effect of them.

  • Re:Get used to it (Score:4, Insightful)

    by MickyTheIdiot ( 1032226 ) on Thursday October 17, 2013 @08:15AM (#45151415) Homepage Journal

    In 1984 the government actually cared about the citizens more than our government does.

    Now let that sink in for a minute.

What is algebra, exactly? Is it one of those three-cornered things? -- J.M. Barrie