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Surveillance and technology: greatest hits of the day

There's a lot going on in the press today re: surveillance and spy technologies. Here's a breakdown:

  • The head of the military CIA chief is rubbing his hands together excitedly, eagerly anticipating the day when his spook agency can more easily spy on you — through your household appliances. Petraeus is also thinking about how to construct fake online identities for his spies. After all, everyone has to be on Facebook, right?
  • Canadian police are lobbying to pass a law that would force telecommunications companies to bill users for — wait for it — the cost of spying on them. They are calling it the "public safety tax." Not joking. (h/t @boingboing)

In December, a Bain-run fund in which a Romney family blind trust has holdings purchased the video surveillance division of a Chinese company that claims to be the largest supplier to the government's Safe Cities program, a highly advanced monitoring system that allows the authorities to watch over university campuses, hospitals, mosques and movie theaters from centralized command posts.

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