Facebook & Google To Be Powered By Drones?

Facebook and Google
According to The Verge, Facebook wants to use “solar-powered, laser-equipped drones” the size or a commercial airliner to beam wireless internet and Facebook to countries that are not connected to the network. The internet connectivity drones are said to be capable of flying uninterrupted for years at a time.

Although the flying drones are purported to be targeted to internet-less and Facebook-less countries, Facebook’s engineering director Yael Mcquire states that Facebook is hoping to test one of the drones in the United States in 2015.

Google is also said to be pursuing the use of drones for the purpose as Facebook. Google has also reportedly been testing balloons to be used to facilitate internet connectivity through an experiment called Project Loon.

How over-the-top is this? What are the privacy/Civil Rights issues that could arise from the implementation of this technology?

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The Adverse Effects Of Electronic Smog

The modern technological byproduct of “electronic smog” is said to be detrimental to certain forms of nature. Man-made electrical fields, that are created via wi-fi, cellphones, and power lines, are increasingly becoming denser as more people become converts to mobile technology.

According to The Independent, “Dr Ulrich Warnke, who has been researching the effects of man-made electrical fields on wildlife for more than 30 years,” has said that, “man-made technology has created transmitters which have fundamentally changed the natural electromagnetic energies and forces on the earth’s surface. Animals that depend on natural electrical, magnetic and electromagnetic fields for their orientation and navigation are confused by the much stronger and constantly changing artificial fields.”

The doctor is specifically boisterous of the effects that electronic smog is having on sparrows and bee colonies. The Independent, has quoted Dr. Warnke as saying that his research has shown that the dense man-manufactured electrical fields “could be responsible for the disappearance of bees in Europe and the US (in what is known as colony collapse disorder), for the decline of the house sparrow (whose numbers have fallen by half in Britain over the past 30 years), and that it could also interfere with bird migration.”

There is still no concrete evidence as to how this electronic smog is effecting us homosapiens. However, some researchers are blaming electrical fields for everything from cancer to miscarriages to suicides. My concern is that we won’t know the truth until it is too late. Being that the truth of this situation could tamper with the bottom line of almost every high-powered corporation, there is likely an ongoing campaign to conceal it.

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NYPD & Microsoft Team Up To Make A $40 Million “Super-Computer”

The New York City Police Department has entered into a joint venture with Microsoft to create a data-collecting “super-computer.”

The computer system will allow law enforcement to access live-video feeds from an extensive network of cameras. The “super-computer” will also reportedly be linked to crime-reports, radiation detectors, and license-plate readers. It will be able to retroactively track the movements of a motor vehicle for a duration of several months.

According to the New York Daily News, New York City will earn 30% of the profits of the sale of this “super-computer” to other cities and countries.

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Elsie Law’s Dose Of The Law: Your Facebook “Friends” Can Grant The FBI Access To Your Profile

A New York City racketeering case garnered an interesting ruling that concerns facebook users. The defendant in the trial attempted to suppress evidence that was gathered from facebook to hand down his indictment.

The defendant used the legal defense that the information, which was obtained via an informant giving law-enforcement investigators access to the defendant’s facebook profile, violated his Fourth Amendment constitutional rights- which protects him against unreasonable search and seizure. However, the U.S. District Court Judge overruled this claim, stating that the FBI, are other law enforcement agencies, are entitled to view profile anyone’s facebook and collect evidence – as long as one of the facebook user’s friends gives law-enforcement investigators permission to do so.

Reportedly, the Judge compared such collection of data to a phone tap in which one person participating in the phone call allows the government to listen in without the consent of knowledge of the other party. The Judge reasoned that if this sort of phone tap is considered legal, so is gathering information via a person’s consenting facebook friend.

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