Notes from the Electronic Cottage 6/30/22: Cashless Toll Roads

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Heading out to hit the road for the holiday weekend? In addition to three word signs drivers never want to see, e.g., “Road Work Ahead” or “One Lane Road”, there’s another one increasingly visible these days: “No Cash Accepted.” This one deserves a bit of pondering for not only its obvious meaning but also for some its perhaps not so obvious implications for personal privacy and autonomy.

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.