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Chicago to Implement Street Pole Spy Boxes in the Name of ‘Safety’

Posted By Activist Post On June 22, 2014 @ 7:57 am In Agenda 21,Conspiracy Fact and Theory,Controlling the Herd,Crime/Police State,Editor's Choice,Featured,Headlines & Head Lies,News,Technology | 3 Comments


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Planners from the Urban Center for Computation and Data, part of a joint initiative between the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, are implementing a project called “Array of things,” in which spy boxes disguised on light poles will collect data.

The project involves installing “curled metal fixtures,” or data-collecting-sensor boxes, throughout Michigan Avenue, a swanky part of Chicago. Funded by Argonne, the installed systems will count pedestrians “by observing cell phone traffic,” presumably via users’ Wi-Fi-network.

Researchers stated the data-collecting-sensors, which are subtly disguised as fancy artwork, will also record air quality, light intensity, sound volume, heat, precipitation and wind, as reported [2] by the Chicago Tribune, in order to make the city “safer.”

Attempting to quell developing concerns from privacy advocates, computer scientist Charlie Catlett affirmed that planners took precaution when designing the sensors, ensuring that the equipment can only “count contact with the signal rather than record the digital address of every device.”

Scientists insist the technology is necessary in order to keep Chicago a “more efficient and cleaner place to live,” and to facilitate and encourage “innovation.”

Despite developer’s affirmations, history shows the public has been blatantly misled on the capabilities and uses of advanced surveillance technology, and always in the name of “safety” and “security.”

“Array of things” is simply another invasive, breach of privacy, funded primarily by American tax dollars for the purpose of normalizing 24-hour government surveillance.

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Researchers intend to launch the sculpture-resembling spy boxes throughout eight intersections near Michigan Avenue by mid-July, hoping to install dozens more around the Loop and hundreds more across the city into neighborhoods by the end of the year.

In order to reach optimal concealment, the spy boxes were designed by the School of the Art Institute, secured by more than $1 million in donations from Cisco Systems, Intel, Zebra Technologies, Qualcomm, Motorola Solutions and Schneider Electric.

“Planners envision a permanent system of data collection boxes that can be used by a range of researchers from the public, private and academic sectors who want to test ideas but wouldn’t have the resources to build the testing infrastructure,” reported The Chicago Tribune.

Developers say the sensor-collecting boxes, which will connect to the Internet, can be easily updated and will be capable of adapting to “the latest and greatest technology.”

Responding to privacy concerns, Catlett assured that the boxes “…don’t collect things that can identify people. There are no cameras or recording devices.”

He added that sensors will collect “sound levels but not recording actual sound. The only imaging will be infrared.”

Fred Cate, an expert on privacy matters related to technology, weighed in adding, “Almost any data that starts with an individual is going to be identifiable.”

In regards to tracking mobile phone data, “you actually collect the traffic. You may not care about the fact that it’s personally identifiable. It’s still going to be personally identifiable.”

Besides citizens being spied on by fancy artistry, some are concerned about the repercussions of Corporate America gaining access to the data. Currently, the dragnet of data swept up by the NSA is used to target consumers, using in many cases, information provided involuntarily.

“If you spend a million dollars wiring these boxes, and a company comes in and says we’ll pay you a million dollars to collect personally identifiable information. What’s the oversight over those companies?” asked Cate.

Officials say not to worry because all of the collected data will be “immediately published,” exposing the project to scrutiny.

The claim is laughable. Proven by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the U.S. government has gone out of its way to conceal surveillance programs from the public, offering zero transparency. Government agencies, including the NSA, have proven to be incompetent when it comes to managing the massive amount of data it has mined; making it very unlikely that officials will actually follow up on their promise to publish everything they record.

Marketing the program as beneficial to the public is downright fraudulent, when in all actuality, installing data-collecting-sensor boxes throughout cities and neighborhoods is continuous surveillance in disguise.

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•http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/edward-snowden-interview [4]
•http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-array-of-things-street-boxes-chicago-20140620,0,2260379.story [5]
•http://wbezdata.tumblr.com/post/88953442194/array-of-things-project-adding-sensors-to-chicago-so [6]

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[4] http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/edward-snowden-interview: http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/edward-snowden-interview

[5] http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-array-of-things-street-boxes-chicago-20140620,0,2260379.story: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-array-of-things-street-boxes-chicago-20140620,0,2260379.story

[6] http://wbezdata.tumblr.com/post/88953442194/array-of-things-project-adding-sensors-to-chicago-so: http://wbezdata.tumblr.com/post/88953442194/array-of-things-project-adding-sensors-to-chicago-so

[7] Neighbors of Executed Florida MMA Fighter Question FBI Narrative: http://www.activistpost.com/2014/06/new-resident-occupies-orlando-florida_11.html

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I'm confused:  how does counting the number of pedestrians, and recording "air quality, light intensity, sound volume, heat, precipitation and wind" make people safer?  Do muggers only come out when the meteorological conditions are just so?  Do they suffer overwhelmingly from asthma and so stay away when the air quality is bad?

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I'm confused:  how does counting the number of pedestrians, and recording "air quality, light intensity, sound volume, heat, precipitation and wind" make people safer?  Do muggers only come out when the meteorological conditions are just so?  Do they suffer overwhelmingly from asthma and so stay away when the air quality is bad?

Global warming must be causing the Chicago slaughter.
Abraham Lincoln:

There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
--January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these
great and true principles.
--August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan

Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.
--July 10, 1858 Speech at Chicago

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I'm confused:  how does counting the number of pedestrians, and recording "air quality, light intensity, sound volume, heat, precipitation and wind" make people safer?  Do muggers only come out when the meteorological conditions are just so?  Do they suffer overwhelmingly from asthma and so stay away when the air quality is bad?

You are watching a nation descend into a totalitarian state.

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Global warming must be causing the Chicago slaughter.


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You are watching a nation descend into a totalitarian state.

Yes, the descent is rapidly intensifying as well.  Look out below...

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I'm confused:  how does counting the number of pedestrians, and recording "air quality, light intensity, sound volume, heat, precipitation and wind" make people safer?  Do muggers only come out when the meteorological conditions are just so?  Do they suffer overwhelmingly from asthma and so stay away when the air quality is bad?

Since this is Shitcago we are talking about, they really ought to be sampling the air for residual gunpowder residue......

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Since this is Shitcago we are talking about, they really ought to be sampling the air for residual gunpowder residue......

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It's Chicago.
Let them do whatever they want.
I will never set foot there.

We are witnessing a new "division of the States". That is to say, the blue states are "progressively" eroding the Constitutional rights of residents therein.

The red states (at least most of them) seem to be holding fast, at least for the time being.

Those who are conservative-minded, who value their Constitutional rights, would do well to migrate to the remaining "traditional-freedom" states where those rights stand a chance of surviving.

Those who choose to stay in the "new slavery" states will have no choice but to endure the ever-increasing crush of the boot on their faces.
« Last Edit: June 24, 2014, 09:40:53 PM by Fishrrman »

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If you live in the south side of Chicago you may need them. Colleges and Universities have special boxes to call for university police to a specific locations if you need help.
« Last Edit: June 24, 2014, 10:08:28 PM by Trigger »


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