The Internet being used for spying purposes? What's next, a photo of whoever comes to your front door?
The city council of Austin, Texas, unanimously approved exploring the idea of deputizing citizens to be "meter maids" using an iPhone app allowing anyone with an Android, Blackberry or iPhone to download a "parking ticket app," according to Legal Blogwatch.
The concept is this: "If they see a vehicle that is parked in a handicapped parking spot, the 'deputy' would then take three photographs (of the license plate, the windshield and the car in the handicapped parking [space]). The software from Parking Mobility then transmits the photos and the GPS location to the city so it can issue a ticket."
Thenewspaper.com reported that the city council meeting "was attended by disabled advocates trying to guarantee easier parking and others who were just interested in writing the $511 tickets. Some attendees even asked if the city would provide them with smart phones."
Re: Net neutrality. Did we fail?
Did we the people not do enough to convince the U.S. Senate that we don't want the Federal Communications Commission's "Net neutrality" regulations?
Apparently not, or as Jack Abramoff, former lobbyist would say, other forces brought more pressure to bear than we did. Elected officials represent those who apply the most pressure and money.
The controversial Net neutrality rule intended to "preserve open Internet access" will remain intact, thanks to the U.S. Senate, which voted last week to keep it in place. And it will remain so, at least until a lawsuit now pending in the D.C. Court of Appeals could make the 52-46 victory in the Democrat-controlled Senate short-lived.
Seton Motley, editor of Stop Net Regulations, wrote: "These 52 Senators stood down and allowed regulators – who are only supposed to enforce law that these Senators write and pass – to illegally make up law themselves. This isn't how a representative constitutional epublic does things – this is dictatorial authoritarianism. These 52 Senators had an opportunity to stop it – and they refused to do so."
He added, "If these 52 Senators don't want to do their jobs, why did they ask their constituents to give them the honor and opportunity? These egregious misrepresentations are easily correctable. And We the People will begin doing so – starting next November."
Meanwhile, Grassfire Nation and Patriot Action Network tea-party patriots are not sitting still for this latest action, instead kicking off a petition campaign titled "Occupy the FCC": "The truth is Net neutrality will be used as a weapon to silence both conservatives and tea-party Americans – the last remaining obstacles to the left's implementation of their socialist agenda."
Get more information here on how you can protest the ruling.
And by the way, have you heard that India last month formally proposed a government takeover of the Internet?