I'm hoping for research into (I forgot what they're called) "honeycomb" networks that are basically internets without a backbone. Sort of an amateur radio internet. I don't really care if I can stream video. I just want to be sure I can get wikileaks and Slashdot.
Mesh. Mesh networks. Basically, your personal device becomes a node and a router. Traffic is distributed and routed by the members of the network itself.
Steven Swain from the London Metropolitan Police states "I don't know of a single incident where CCTV has actually been used to spot, apprehend or detain offenders in the act". The statement is countered by New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, stating the unprovable "We don't know acts that may have been planned that — because of the surveillance and deterrence systems that are in place — did not go forward."
And as the story also states, does a terrorist who is about to embark on a suicide mission really care if he gets caught on camera?
Do you have any expectation of privacy in a public area? Do you care if you are being filmed by a network of cameras while you walk around a major city? What if it was your home town?"
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It's already been done. A lot. Just that no one realizes it yet.