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Everyday Erinyes #160

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Furies, POGO, facial recognition, technology, Fourth Amendment, China, US v Jones, Carpenter v US, surveillance )

- 127 days ago -
A post on TomCat's blog. Everything you didn't know you wanted to know about facial recognition technology.


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Sue H (7)
Saturday March 16, 2019, 1:11 pm
Yikes! Truly disturbing. May the Furies protect us.

Pat B (354)
Saturday March 16, 2019, 1:14 pm
This information is good to know, and I'm going to be reading this as I go along.....

Personally, the story, 'a day w/o the 4th amendment' is quite startling, as I don't like the minute by minute goings on of an individual(s), in knowing what QQ Brad Rayburn does hour by hour. I know it's technology and all, but call me old fashioned, as I don't text much, not on twitter, and very rarely take pictures on my cell phone. I'm not fast enough to take a picture, and keep up with that.

What I did find fascinating, is that China found a reporter in 7 minutes. wow!!! That's amazing!

Though this is dated from November, China also recognizes 'gait recognition'. "Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: “gait recognition” software that uses people’s body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras."

You mentioned a Twilight episode....this is it, and more!

Excellent post, Joanne, and Furies! Thx!

Freya H (344)
Saturday March 16, 2019, 2:06 pm
For every technology like this, there are plenty of equal and opposite hacks. We need to spread the word and get as many people as we can to fight back - and fight back HARD! We cannot afford to let loss of privacy be the new normal, or freedom is doomed, and then civilization is doomed.

David C (75)
Saturday March 16, 2019, 3:30 pm

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Saturday March 16, 2019, 8:16 pm
Great post, Joanne, with lots of thought-provoking comments added by you.

You mention not wanting to make China a bogeyman, but you can leave that to your government who tries to invoke as much fear for any (A.I.) technology from China as possible, not because they think its wrong China could (or already is) use it to keep an eye on its own people and keep it under suppression, but simply because the Chinese are ahead in the (surveillance) technology race and are winning it. Any humanitarian thoughts do not come into it; if possible, right-wing governments want to use the technology with the same aim in mind.

It’s not just facial recognition we need to worry about. It’s voice recognition, facial recognition, gait recognition and more, combined with a lot of statistical models in a new generation Artificial Intelligence used for the wrong reasons by any government, we should stand up to and fight it off.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday March 16, 2019, 8:17 pm
Great post.
I understand that there is plus and minuses for these type of technologies, but the minuses is what I'm really concerned with. Not trusting who can get their hands on them. I agree with Freya that we must fight back hard and stand our ground.
Thanks Joanne.

Gene J (289)
Sunday March 17, 2019, 9:36 am
If authoritarians take control of more governments than they already have, this is really a concern. It's George Orwell's 1984 in terms as stark as he wrote them. I watch a tv show here, FBI, which has a very progressive slant, but they use tools to track really bad people that are already out there. This is one of them. Camera's everywhere, they can find anyone, run them through facial recognition, learn who they are and everything about them in minutes. They can follow them with those cameras, they can find them by triangulating their last call or text in minutes. All in pursuit of doing good things, but the inherent danger in those technologies and the potential for abuse is horrifying. I don't know if there's a happy medium and I don't think the clock can be turned back. So where this goes from here is extremely worrisome. Just from a personal freedom aspect, without considering the abusive possibilities at all.
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