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Microsoft Helps NYC Deploy Big-Brother Monitoring System

Mephistophocles (930357) writes | more than 2 years ago

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Mephistophocles writes "Microsoft has teamed up with the City of New York to implement a draconian crime monitoring system. Interestingly, the NYC will be keeping 30% of Microsoft's licensing revenue due to their level of involvement in designing the system's architecture:

Microsoft executed the system, but it was the NYPD that had to design it, choosing what data needed to be surfaced and when, and how it could best be presented to officers. As such, it is a true joint effort, and New York will be taking 30 percent of the revenues Microsoft gets from licensing the technology. Other cities will surely want to utilize this powerful system, so it's possible that, as Mayor Bloomberg put it, both parties will "we think we can recoup all our expenses over a period of time, and maybe even make a few bucks"

Is it just me, or does something about a city gaining direct monetary gain from designing a system to spy on its citizens seem a little unsettling?"
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