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Location Tracking Software: Will the Revolution be Killed by Fear?

Jul 22, 2010, 15:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Elgan)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"Something horrible could happen, but nobody knows what.

"At least that seems to be the consensus among Location-Based Services (LBS) experts. The conventional wisdom here at the Geo-Loco conference in San Francisco is that at some point in the future -- it could be next year, or it could be tomorrow -- some creepy weirdo or enterprising sociopath will use location services like Foursquare, Google Buzz for Mobile, Google Latitude, Twitter, Facebook or any number of location-oriented startups to commit a lurid crime.

"It could be a stalker, kidnapping, terrorist act -- who knows?

"When it happens, the media will go nuts. Politicians will pander to public paranoia. Grandstanding Luddites will call for the heads of those in the industry responsible for making us all vulnerable to being tracked, hunted, stalked and exposed to evil doers of every stripe. Think of the children!"

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