Homeless people outfitted with GPS trackers for city study

By Shepard Ambellas | Intellihub.com

Homeless being tagged and tracked by GPS is ‘good’ city council members say

(Photo credit: kargig/Flickr)
(Photo credit: kargig/Flickr)

ODENSE, Denmark — According to reports 20 homeless people have been outfitted with GPS tracking devices as part of a new city program aimed at determining the daily routines and migration patterns of the homeless in and around the city’s limits. Surprisingly, the effort is sold to the general public by telling them that this will “help” the homeless, when in reality the program is essentially designed to rid the city of homeless by not offering them any sleeping or lounging options.

One city council member was happily quoted saying, “As far as I know, this has never been tried anywhere else in the world before” as George Orwell’s 1984 is now here.

An article from CityLab pushes the agenda, reading:

It sounds intrusive, even dystopian, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, the thinking behind the plan is actually very positive and benign. Odense is gathering the information not to find ways to exclude the homeless, but to work out how it can make the city a better place for them to live in. By tracking where and when homeless people congregate, Odense can choose the best locations for benches and services such as coffee rooms and shelters provided by the municipality. Rather than using the police to force the homeless away from public sites, the city can instead bring services to them where they already are, encouraging full use of them and avoiding pointless, dehumanizing stand-offs.


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