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#YourVoiceNow — Sound the Alarm: The Little Black Box Is Coming

Government is proposing to monitor every mile you drive.

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Janine Turner

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October 29, 2013 - 10:29 am
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Never has your voice been more important and never has your voice mattered more. Your voice is necessary. Your voice is needed — now. Engineers have created a vast array of exciting and pertinent technologies that have revolutionized the way we communicate, work, and play. Yet they have also opened gaping loopholes for tyranny. What’s the latest one? The little black box.

On a daily basis, we are discovering the invasions of the federal government into our private lives. They are using the very tools we crave, value, and refuse to relinquish: cell phones, e-mails, Google searches. The government now listens to what we say, reads our e-mails, harvests our e-mail contacts, and analyzes our Google search habits. Even stores target our shopping habits, thrusting delegated ads onto our screen. A dinnertime conversation at a restaurant isn’t even safe. With every bite we chew we are vulnerable to strangers who may be videotaping us.

Our freedom to talk, freedom to socialize, freedom to communicate via the marvels of these new technological wonders have ironically cast the very net for our own capture. We are, quite simply, being watched, monitored, and analyzed with our own permission. We sign the social media “agreements” because if we don’t we can’t have the social media we seek. Does anyone really read the “agreements”? We are blindly forging into mass communications, which allow ubiquitous big brother to monitor our behavior and navigate our private lives.

We do this because we still relatively trust our government and/or because we innately think that we are not the bad guys. However, define” bad.” How can we possibly know all of the laws and abide by them, or know if we are breaking them, if we can’t understand them? We are being hoodwinked by our own naiveté.

But, be aware. Be warned. There is something coming that marks the dividing point of no return. The little black box. Now the greedy governments, both on a state and federal level, want to monitor your car. The government wants to monitor your driving habits, the number of miles you drive and — where you drive. Why? Taxes and control.

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All but one of my posts were barred at her website, despite her emails asking we post there.
Hopefully I am allowed to post here, so she will learn many posts written in the demeanor of the below don’t make it onto her website.
If so, thank you to whoever screens posts here for not being zealous in barring them.
Here is my reaction to her column:

This is not about privacy. It is about inventing a way to tax state residents.
Everyone drives. They have to. So no American can avoid this tax if it is made law.
Those proposing this tax urge the more a resident uses a state’s roads, the more he should fund road maintenance and creation. I heard a proponent say that on television around two days ago.
Knock out road creation. States don’t need more roads. We have plenty.
If residents want more roads, general tax revenue can pay for them.
Please focus solely on the cost of road maintenance. Pick a state considering this silly tax box.
Find out that state’s annual cost for road maintenance. Contrast that to a conservative estimate of what the silly car box tax (“SCBT”) will generate annually in that same state.
Please tell me the SCBT is conservatively projected to raise revenue far exceeding the annual road maintenance cost.
Those figures stop this tax.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
As for protests better protest to the car manufacturers. It dawned on me to ask -"OK, But aren't manufacturers free to not install them?"

It isn't clear to me - but what do I know - what constitutionally passable law could get around this one - a law that required manufacturers to install a device that monitors your driving.

And why another device? We already have one in cars. Its called an odometer.
Likely the government will have to get the cooperation of the manufacturers and the car makers in turn want to use this as a bargaining ticket for other issues.

That's why we should being pressure on the car manufacturers - just tell them we won't buy their cars if they install it, and we will buy their cars if they don't install it.

Then catch the government flat footed with their hands in it and in it up to their ears.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
And of course illegal aliens with their California drivers licenses will be exempt from the black box law.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
You know darn well they're going to use it to send you speeding tickets or tickets in case you don't stop at a stop sign or signal. They'll spend Billions to implement this and for automakers to integrate it with the on-board computer. Along with RFI transmitters on stop signs and at intersections. Then when they're done, some kid will come up with a app to reprogram the on-board computer, sell it for a buck and make millions.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
In most new cars the ECU already registers the number of miles that the car has been driven. All the state needs to do is to hook up a scanner to the vehicle to compare how many miles it was driven between inspections. No need for any external "black boxes" when one already exists.

The only need for an external black box will be in older cars. That device would have to be significantly more sophisticated, requiring an integrated GPS function. Spoofing the signal wouldn't be that difficult.

38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
I'll be damned if I let anyone put one in my '73 muscle car......
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
This began as an idea to tax electric cars. So, how do we tax those electric cars? Not for the electricity which they paid for already, but for the road wear and maintenance? An easy nontechnical solution is a fee based on the insurance company mileage estimate. Not as accurate as taxing gas but way cheeper than an electronic device in every car plus the electronic data system.

If it records location, don't they need a warrant? Doesn't the phone company, onStar, Google, or Apple already record your location? If the black box just reports mileage once a month isn't it just another smart meter designed to make you sterile? Also, I wouldn't bruite force remove the box, I'd jam/block the signal.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
At least we can have fun with it...just like illegal radar scanners (here in VA, anyway, lots of cleaver ways have been found to hide them) some enterprising hacker types will develop a way to clone them...put identical ones in multiple cars or carry it on the train..."How was he in two places at once?"
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Anything you can get your hands on can be hacked. If you can't touch it, its input feed can be hacked. It will be a lucrative business for computer-savvy people. And when the state takes you to court, demand a jury trial, promising prospective jurors how to do the same thing, and the state never gets a conviction. It will be just like the end of prohibition without the twirlies. Cheers -
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Just like in Soviet Russia, American totalitarians, want to restrict your movement around the country. How much bigger a step would it be to then require internal passports and travel visas.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
In Soviet Russia you don't hack black box, black box hacks you.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
I think first it's time for us to screech, loud and long, for a total accounting of where our road tax money went.

The fed's $.18 a gallon is an astonishing amount of money. Add to that commercial vehicle road taxes.

I'd say an audit is in order before anything changes.
38 weeks ago
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