Careful what you tweet. These drones can pinpoint you by what you say on Twitter.


There is little doubt that our surveillance state is about to take a big step forward. New policing technologies will change the way we live (they always do).

At ACC we have given a fair amount of attention to the issue of drones. And with good reason, drones on the home front have the potential to severely limit our individual liberty. There is also great pressure from the developers of drone technologies who want to sell to police forces and federal agencies as (we hope) wars abroad wind down. Surveillance is very big business and getting bigger, and much of it will be funded by tax payers. We believe being aware of the technology is vital as we step forward.

Take for instance this little marvel developed by British veterans of the war in Afghanistan (and presumably also developed in Afghanistan), which can identify people on the ground just by what words they use in Twitter.