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Using drones to disrupt the status quo

September 18th, 2020 at 12:24 am » Comments Off

  Drone-based digital imagery can be used to better estimate the size of large crowds. From Standing Rock to Syria, drones are being used to hold the powerful to account. Let’s keep it that way. The civil rights movement and Moore’s law are colliding to transform politics. On the street, smartphone technology is being used […]



Artificial intelligence will surveil and study released prisoners to “reduce recidivism”

August 29th, 2020 at 1:13 pm » Comments Off

A group of researchers is launching a new artificial intelligence led study that will collect data from recently released prisoners. Artificial intelligence applications are popping up everywhere these days, from our Internet browsing to smart homes and self-driving cars. Now a group of researchers is launching a new AI-led study that will collect data from […]



Face masks give facial recognition software an identity crisis

August 24th, 2020 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

  As tech firms scramble to keep up with reality of coronavirus, some experts say users must change It is an increasingly common modern annoyance: arriving at the front of the queue to pay in a shop, pulling out a smartphone for a hygienic contact-free payment, and staring down at an error message because your […]



Coronavirus: Google reveals travel habits during the pandemic

April 20th, 2020 at 8:13 pm » Comments Off

Google is to publicly track people’s movements over the course of the coronavirus pandemic. The tech firm will publish details of the different types of places people are going to on a county-by-county basis in the UK, as well as similar data for 130 other countries. The plan is to issue a regular updates with […]



Smartphone data reveal which Americans are social distancing (and not)

April 1st, 2020 at 1:23 pm » Comments Off

D.C. gets an ‘A’ while Wyoming earns an ‘F’ for following coronavirus stay-at-home advice, based on the locations of tens of millions of phones  Location data firm Unacast identified places where residents are engaging in more social distancing in green — and less in orange. If you have a smartphone, you’re probably contributing to a […]



There’s a privacy bracelet that jams smart speakers and, hell yeah, bring it

February 23rd, 2020 at 12:20 pm » Comments Off

Smart speakers are creepy recording devices that eavesdrop on unsuspecting people. A new piece of custom technology offers the chance to fight back. Stylized as a cyberpunk bracelet, a “wearable jammer” was developed by a trio of professors at the University of Chicago. In addition to looking punk rock as all hell, the device emits […]



Socially aware algorithms are ready to help

December 3rd, 2019 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

Better coding, not just laws and regulations, is the solution for tech’s failure to address the needs of actual humans Calls for stronger government regulation of large technology companies have become increasingly urgent and ubiquitous. But many of the technology failures we hear about every day—including fake news; privacy violations; discrimination; and filter bubbles that […]



The internet is getting less free

November 14th, 2019 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

A protester holds an Amazon box made into a sad face as part of a protest against the company’s cloud services contracts with Palantir, which supports ICE. Election interference and government surveillance on social media are hurting internet freedoms.   Amazon has been under fire from protesters lately for assisting surveillance technology company Palantir — […]



Can the data poor survive?

October 19th, 2019 at 12:45 pm » Comments Off

Will work for data We’ve been running a data science experiment over the past few months. Our first goal was to compare and contrast the amount of data we could actively gather using a link to an online survey (please click here to take it) vs. the amount of data we could passively gather using […]



Gatwick Airport commits to facial recognition tech at boarding

October 2nd, 2019 at 12:42 pm » Comments Off

Gatwick first trialled facial-recognition-based checks at some of its departure gates last year Gatwick has become the UK’s first airport to confirm it will use facial-recognition cameras on a permanent basis for ID checks before passengers board planes. It follows a self-boarding trial carried out in partnership with EasyJet last year. The London airport said […]



The fashion line designed to trick surveillance cameras

August 26th, 2019 at 11:18 am » Comments Off

Adversarial Fashion garments are covered in license plates, aimed at bamboozling a device’s databases An Adversarial Fashion dress, modeled by the designer, Kate Rose. Automatic license plate readers, which use networked surveillance cameras and simple image recognition to track the movements of cars around a city, may have met their match, in the form of […]



Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind

August 14th, 2019 at 6:51 am » Comments Off

Big tech firms are trying to read people’s thoughts, and no one’s ready for the consequences. In 2017, Facebook announced that it wanted to create a headband that would let people type at a speed of 100 words per minute, just by thinking. Now, a little over two years later, the social-media giant is revealing […]



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