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‘Many may remember the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Returns starring Christian Bale. In the movie Batman searches in his computer for the jokers precise location and finds it down to the very floor of the building he is in. This technology has now become a reality and specialized police departments are beginning to use it to fight crime.

“A new surveillance system that collects and records information in real-time — and then lets trackers rewind, zoom in and follow certain targets — has hit the test market streets of Baltimore, Md., and Dayton, Ohio, and in at least one crime-fighting unit in California,” the Washington Times reported.

The surveillance software sounds a lot like Google earth with real time and TIVO like capabilities, able to search any individuals location and associations through out their day. A law enforcement officer could track your daily voyage from when you leave your home in the morning until you return in the evening.

The system will be able to track your daily trends, where you travel to, who you are with, when you visit and for how long. Any crimes you may commit throughout your day could be used against you.’

Read more: Police Receive God’s Eye Technology, Google Earth with Real Time Tivo Capabilities


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On the heels of acquiring satellite startup Skybox in August, Google and Skybox have announced the Skybox for Good program, which will provide real-time satellite imagery to organizations and programs that save lives, protect the environment, promote education and positively impact humanity, according to the official blog post.

The program launches today in beta with a small group of partners. The images provided to these organizations will be publicly available under a Creative Commons license.

This will allow organizations like Sky Truth and Appalachian Voices to keep an eye on “mountain-top removal mining,” which threatens to devastate the forests of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia. Another example given in the announcement was images of a Northern Sri Lanka village called Nagarkovil, which were given to HALO to help them verify that the area was safe, after previously removing land mines.

The initiative comes from the Google Earth Outreach team, the main goal being to give extra knowledge and resources to nonprofit organizations that need help in telling their stories or achieving their intended missions.

While the program will undoubtedly benefit its nonprofit partners in their quests for a safer, happier, healthier world, it’s also an interesting juxtaposition that puts surveillance (at least at the satellite level) in a positive light. That’s a problematic proposition, considering what the revelations the past couple of years have brought us with respect to privacy.

In any case, you can check out all of the currently available images from the program on this map.


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Fri Jun. 10, 2011 10:16 AM PDT

Since Google launched its Google Earth feature in 2005, the company has become a worldwide leader in providing high-resolution satellite imagery. In 2010, Google Earth allowed the world to see the extent of the destruction in post-earthquake Haiti. This year, Google released similar images after Japan’s deadly tsunami and earthquake. With just one click, Google can bring the world—and a better understanding of far-away events—to your computer.

There is one entire country, however, that Google Earth won’t show you: Israel.


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