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Tracking Trafficking, Bringing in the Little Guy, Problematic Posts, Lightning and Affordable Air Strike

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1. TRAFFICKING TOOL
Los Angeles, California
√ From Ukraine to Haiti to L.A., mobile devices and networks play “a central role” in finding, following and controlling the adolescent victims of sex trafficking, says the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center in a new report. It says those PPP technologies should be a “powerful new tool in identifying, tracking and prosecuting” the bad guys, and the wireless carriers should take the lead.

Report from USC Annenberg Center:
Technology and Human Trafficking: The Rise of Mobile and the Diffusion of Technology-Facilitated Trafficking


2. THE LITTLE GUY

Daytona Beach, Florida USA
√ Would Buddy Holly and Patsy Cline still be with us if we’d had GPS? Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will use an FAA grant to see if GPS-aided precision approaches used at large airports will work at small ones for little airplanes on short runways in bad visibility. They’ll recruit instrument-rated pilots next spring and will observe them in a Level 6 Cessna flight simulator.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University news:
Embry-Riddle to test precision landing approaches

3. PROBLEMATIC POSTS

Gaza/Jerusalem
√ A rocket attack hits your neighborhood and you post it on Facebook or Twitter.Don't do it! says the Israeli blogosphere. GPS technology - geotagging - makes real-time location information public that used to be a deep, dark military secret. A whole new meaning to Loose Lips Sink Ships. (speaking of social media, the Israeli Defense Forces use of it is state-of-the-art)

Smithsonian magazine:
Israel and Gaza Now At War Online and in Reality

4. LIGHTNING STRIKES
Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
√ Use GPS measurements of atmospheric water taken at one-minute intervals and voila! you’ll know when lightning will hit in Malaysia, a country that gets more electrical discharge action than it wants during Monsoon season. A Space Science Institute (ANGKASA) researcher found that water vapor stays high during the lightning event and fell as it ends.

UNAVCO:
GPS helps predict lightning strikes in Malaysia


5. PRICE DROP

Bothell, Washington USA
General Dynamics and the U.S. Army’s ARDEC attached GPS-guided 10-pound mortar rounds to a small UAV, dropped it from 7,000 feet and it landed within 23 feet of the target every time. They said their new low-cost GPS strike weapon is “very capable and very affordable.” How soon until the average consumer can afford to Send a Message over the miles? Wait and see.

General Dynamics news:
Low-Cost Precision Strike Capability for Tactical UAVs

Images and Sources (from illustration above)
1. 2011 Image of a young streetwalker with mobile phone in Oakland, who was kidnapped at age 15. From an investigative series about East Oakland sex trafficking (image by Brett Myers, Turnstylenews.com digital information service)
2. A small Cessna on the approach to Pamiers, France Airport - very low and close to the street (Photo by M. Ector Prasetyo, 2007)
3. Icons of social networking sites
4. Lightning around the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They were the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004. (March 3, 2009 photo by Andy Mitchell, UK (creative commons license)
5. The new ADM - 81 mm Air-dropped Mortar (photo by General Dynamics)

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