Smart meters: Constant Green surveillance
By Bonner Cohen, Ph. D. |June 11th, 2021|Civil Rights, Energy|9 Comments
In the old East Germany, one of the ways the Stasi kept the populace in line was through a carefully selected and well-placed “Hausvertrauensmann,” or residential confidential informant.
Every apartment house had one. No, the toilets didn’t always flush, and cracks in the walls were a constant reminder of shoddy construction in the Workers’ Paradise. But the Hausvertrauensmann made sure that anti-revolutionary words and deeds by disgruntled residents were duly reported to internal security authorities.
Communist East Germany has been mercifully gone for over 30 years, but the residential confidential informant is very much with us. In its new guise it’s called the “smart meter.”
“A smart meter,” according to Wikipedia, “is a device that records information such as consumption of electric energy, voltage levels, current, and power factor. Smart meters communicate the information to the consumer for greater clarity of consumption behavior, and electricity suppliers for system monitoring and customer billing.”https://www.cfact.org/2021/06/11/smart-meters-constant-green-surveillance/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=smart-meters-constant-green-surveillance