I enjoy a good discussion and debate on what is the appropriate path for a community to take. Readers of this blog know I'm always very interested in maximizing the benefits of technology to advance our emergency management's capabilities to protect our communities.
One of those technologies now has to do with surveillance cameras and Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAV) which are sometimes called drones, which gives them a negative connotation.
Because of my May 1, 2013 Op-ed in the Seattle Times on the benefits of these new technologies I've been invited to speak at a Public Surveillance Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event in Seattle. I look forward to the discussions we'll have.
I strongly believe that people have the right to privacy. Government should not be spying into bedrooms or intruding into their private lives--when they are doing nothing but living their ordinary lives. Criminals and terrorists should not enjoy those same freedoms. We should use every bit of technology available to hopefully prevent, but when that is not possible, identify and then bring to justice culprits who violate the law and harm others.
I see public surveillance like the modern medical profession. Today and in the near future we will be able to do things never before thought possible. The ethics of using the medical technology will be the true challenge we will have to face as individuals and as a society.
And, as I've said before, it all boils down to trust. We live in a low trust environment and that taints governments actions in a very negative way. The solution to that is to act in a trustworthy manner--that means all of us.