Simputer: fines… for the cops


This story from INDIA TODAY, titled “Street Smart: Fine collection doubles to Rs 72 lakh as Simputers make traffic management hassle-free for cops” is about how policemen in Bangalore, South India, are using the GNU/Linux-based Simputer to tighten their fine-collection system.

Sad but true: amidst all the Indian lack of official support, hardward challenges, and delay, the goal of the Simputer (of empowering the common citizen) is taking more time to become a reality (if it does). But meanwhile, the law of unintended consequences is getting into play. Google will tell you a lot about the Simputer’s deployment in the military too.

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