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UK Government to “Unlock the Power Of Location Data,” to Surveil Its Own Population

This is how they'll get you.

The UK government has published its Geospatial Strategy 2030, an update to the one unveiled a decade ago – and the focus now is on “unlocking the power of location data,” for total surveillance of its own population.

The document, prepared by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology Geospatial Commission, set up five years ago, claims that the implementation of the new strategy will “unlock” billions of pounds via “location-powered innovation,” thanks to using AI, satellite imaging and real time data.

(Get used to the word 'geospatial' it's an obfuscated term for the government knowing where you are at all times using Artificial Intelligence. It is the technology that will be used to keep you in your 15 minute neighbourhood.

Those behind the strategy are selling it as a way to better public services, create higher-paying jobs, and spur economic growth. The government claim that to provide all these fictitious new jobs and mythical economic growth three main plans are to be implemented: allowing technology to speed up what it calls 'geospatial innovation', push for more use of geospatial applications in the economy, and, as “mission 3” – “build confidence in the future geospatial ecosystem.”

Part one, slated to be done by 2025, is a review of the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA), which is described as the largest investment of the public sector in location data. This is your 15 minute city agenda. Many councils installed AI cameras and 5G infrastructure in 2021 ready to geofence you into your 15 minute neighbourhood, whilst denying they were.

The same deadline of 2025 is set for the National Underground Asset Register (NUAR) to become fully operational, the strategy revealed. NUAR is to locate and document all underground assets including, power, water, and communication networks.

The report cites the pandemic as setting the example of how valuable it is for a government to know where everyone is at all times. Commission chairman Sir Bernard Silverman points to during the pandemic, when outbreak tracking was allegedly of “critical” importance in making relevant public health decisions. During the pandemic th Government secretly hacked millions of user's phones, and used that information to tighten already draconian lockdown rules. Even though this was undoubtedly unlawful, and used against its own population, the UK Government is citing this as a justification for doing it again.

"Going forward – this same type of insights will be again highly useful regarding climate change, energy security and economic growth, said Silverman."

By the end of this year, a report is expected to detail how location data can be utilized in the healthcare sector, while in addition to those areas already set in the new document, other potential targets include increasing the number of electric vehicle charge-points, and connected and automated mobility, among others.

The strategy suggests that the plans represent a continuation of existing activities, now seeking to scale and ensure more investment. The document also states that the Commission that produced it focuses on “innovation” and growing the geospatial ecosystem – “with initial targeted initiatives on remote sensing and population movement data.”

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