John has done a pretty good job with the gTrax and i know you guys out here also have put in a lot of inputs into rolling out the product.
What I was wondering was, if none of you guys grappled with the morality of putting up AIS information on the net. I mean forget the acts of stupidity that people might commit due to using these things in a wrong manner. But putting all that data out there can actually put seamen in physical danger as well. What if the Seamen don’t want this info on the net?
I understand that a bunch of landlubbers might think it cool to put such stuff online, but you all are from the sea and at least someone should have had some concerns.
What if tomorrow I come into a US port with a ship called “Allah Laden”? Whats stopping a bunch of college kids with iphones to meet me in the channel on a boat and firebombing the ship? And what’s stopping people from starting this service for the Somalian coast as well?
I have put up a blog post here with my concerns to avoid spamming the whole thing here too.