China Using Drones in Increasingly Dystopian Ways to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

Authorities in China have deployed drones to combat the spread of coronavirus in a variety of ways since the outbreak began, including disinfectant drones and drones that fly around with a loudspeaker to tell people they should keep their masks on. But there’s another way that police in China have started to use… Read more… […]

Facial recognition doesn't work – but that won't stop it from coming after you

There have been enough warnings about the technology and its effectiveness that the government should be holding back on any roll out Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/facial-recognition-technology-problems-racism-police-arrests-a9332516.html Proactive Computing found this story and shared it with you. The Article Was Written/Published By: Kuba Shand-Baptiste

Trump administration uses private data for immigration and border enforcement

The Trump administration is using private data to monitor immigration and the border, thanks to a massive database of cellphone records it purchased from private vendors. Why it matters: Experts are concerned about the scale and use of the data, even if it appears to be on firm legal footing, the Wall Street Journal reports. […]

Report claims U.S. government is using cellphone location data to track undocumented immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security has bought a commercial database that tracks movements of “millions” of cellphones in America, and is using it to curb undocumented immigrants, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter and documents it has seen.  Such databases are legal in the U.S. and are typically used […]

How to (Hypothetically) Hack Your School’s Surveillance System

This week, hacktivist and security engineer Lance R. Vick tweeted an enticing proposition along with a gut-punch headline: “Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands,” read the Washington Post link. The report revealed nearly instantaneous and… Read more… Source: https://gizmodo.com/how-to-hypothetically-hack-your-schools-surveillance-1840680142 Proactive Computing found this story and shared […]

2010s = 1984: The decade we finally understood Orwell

Saying George Orwell’s 1984 is my favorite book is like saying Star Wars is my favorite movie franchise. It would be more accurate to call them obsessions. I consume both in their entirety at least once a year, and have read everything there is to read about their creators. Their styles couldn’t be more opposite […]

Oh Good, the New Police Surveillance Vector Is Self-Driving Cars

Technologists have long speculated on the privacy implications of largely ungoverned, camera-enabled vehicle fleets roaming the roads of America. Now we’ve finally bumped up against the tip of that particularly worrying iceberg. Read more… Source: https://gizmodo.com/oh-good-the-new-police-surveillance-vector-is-self-dri-1840683007 Droolin’ Dog sniffed out this story and shared it with you. The Article Was Written/Published By: Bryan Menegus

Are Accusations of Chinese Human Rights Violations Reinforcing the Trade War?

Professor David Kotz discusses how the U.S.’s hardened trade stance has nothing to do with human rights, despite new reports of the massive human rights violations of the Uighurs, a Muslim minority in western China. The post Are Accusations of Chinese Human Rights Violations Reinforcing the Trade War? appeared first on The Real News Network. […]

Ring gave police a detailed map of area doorbell installations

Police departments partnered with Amazon’s Ring security service had access to maps that revealed where Ring video doorbells were located, CNET reports. While Amazon has said police do not have access to the location of devices — which they can requ… Source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/12/03/amazon-ring-video-doorbell-police-map/ Droolin’ Dog sniffed out this story and shared it with you. The […]

Homeland Security wants airport face scans for US citizens

Homeland Security is joining the ranks of government agencies pushing for wider use of facial recognition for US travelers. The department has proposed that US citizens, not just visa holders and visitors, should go through a mandatory facial recogn… Source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/12/02/homeland-security-airport-face-scans-for-us-citizzens/ Droolin’ Dog sniffed out this story and shared it with you. The Article Was […]