Surveillance photography books, Progress on the Digital Divide

Surveillance Index Edition One  

PRIVACY

Two arts focused privacy books: One I published regarding surveillance impact on photography — Surveillance Index Edition One  and one on a exhibition I co-curated/ named — Public, Private, Secret: On Photography and the Configuration of Self   (Mentioning them because the later is on-sale as a part of Apertures sale and the former (Edition One) now come with amazing black/silver bags + posters with each order.)

Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution For the Web available for testing in Safari Technology Preview 82+  Click attribution sans invasive cross-site tracking. (We see your cross-site tracking and deny it – ed)

TECHNOLOGY

Deep Flow-Guided Video Inpainting Following the guide of the completed flow, the missing video regions can be filled up precisely. Our method is evaluated on DAVIS and YouTube-VOS datasets qualitatively and quantitatively, achieving the state-of-the-art performance in terms of inpainting quality and speed. (wow!)

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc [nyt] Since 2017, when the N.S.A. lost control of the tool, EternalBlue, it has been picked up by state hackers in North Korea, Russia and, more recently, China, to cut a path of destruction around the world, leaving billions of dollars in damage. But over the past year, the cyberweapon has boomeranged back and is now showing up in the N.S.A.’s own backyard. (zero-day exploits and warez based on them should not be in the wild, the holes should be fixed)

Ethics + Diversity

US tech giants/diversity: not as advertised [FT]  Google is 68 per cent male. A rock bottom 3 per cent of the workforce is black

Video from the Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide 2019 International Conference (5/22) – PPDD 2019 is particularly significant as it marks the 25th anniversary of the recognition of the digital divide through social scientific research – Internet for everyone (excellent talk)

Arts

What Happens When Site-Specific Art Outlasts Its Surroundings? [nyt] The Olayan Group, the investors who own the building, have so far agreed only to communicate with Rockburne, who currently has a long-term installation at Dia:Beacon in upstate New York, through a second party. The firm says her paintings are still in place, “fully protected,” and that they are “safeguarding their future,” but Rockburne doubts they will survive the interior renovations that were announced in December. According to the artist, there is nowhere else for the murals to go. (I have pictures of my department in front of these significant works -(the first digital marketing team in music) they and other art in the building was because Mickey Schulhoff had a good modicum of taste and all of us working there then had a charmed existence + corporate environment)

71,716 video tapes in 12,094 days On November 4, 1979 Marion Stokes began systematically video taping television news and continued for more than 33 years, until the day she died (there used to be online something called the Guttenberg project – the top headlines on each news cast every day in text – wish I could find that again)

Help – Looking for a good 3d printer to print things…
Lincoln 3d Scans The Collection, Lincoln & Oliver Laric
Harriet Tubman Stamp

Links

The Concert Industry’s New Star Moneymaker: The Aisle Seat [billboard]
The Telnet BBS Guide
When Fake News Comes to Academia [lawfare blog]
Form S-1 Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc. [sec]

Supper Club: May and Pets

May brought rain and more rain–I think we ended up one non-rainy day for every ten rainy days. The keywords for this month’s Supper Club  with M and T would be cheer and relaxation. I reconfirmed T’s seafood allergy list and settled on a Hawaiian theme, including a festive pineapple! (thank you Village Party Store)

Menu: How can one not feel on holiday surrounded by poke and a metallic fringed pineapple?! I decided to make one big poke salad and small individual tasting bowls vs. going family sharing platters for everything. After reviewing many recipes, I learned there is a basic “dressing” so it would be easy to mix and match.

Spicy Tofu and Pickled Shiitake Mushrooms over Glass Noodles
Yellowtail with Crunchy Pear and Wakame
Ahi Tuna with Avocado and Wakame

Drink: Crisp White Wine

Dessert: I have baked a lot of shortbread in my life and while each batch was tasty and immediately finished off, I attributed it to more the irresistible pull of butter and sugar. Some were too soft, too tender or too much like a sugar cookie. I would add nuts, lemon and poppy. I finally found one that seems just right  Melissa Clark’s Shortbread, 10 Ways recipe. I opted to add some matcha (thank you Ippudo) and white chocolate. Matcha is bitter so it’s tricky not to get carried away and add too much.

Matcha and White Chocolate Shortbread

Conversation: Pets

We adopted a rescue dog almost two years ago from a great organization called Unleashed founded by Dr. Stacy Radin, who married her passions for girl empowerment and animal rescue.  A neighbor had adopted their puppy from Unleashed and was, unbeknownst to me, sending rescue puppy pictures to my husband.  The next thing we knew, I was filling out an application form, scheduling an interview with Stacy and started getting pictures of potential dog matches.

Adoption Pic

Unleashed prides itself on matching dogs with owners so we were required to meet the rescue pup, spend a few hours with her and get reviewed by her foster host.  Our potential puppy was named Princess Rainbow by the girls. She was coming up from South Carolina that weekend and we could meet her in a few days.

We trekked to her foster home on a hot summer day and got to know her.  And as the story goes, we fell in love and picked her up a few days later.  We literally had adopted a dog in about a week!

We had a list of potential names but the one she responded to was Miette (French for “little crumb” or the tender sweet part of a baguette).

Miette at the Beach

In adopting the dog which seemed all-consuming, M and T got more than an earful (and umpteen pictures) about our new family member.  Neither have been or are dog owners so Miette is our Supper Club mascot.

Miette with Aloha Pineapple

When we have the occasional Supper Club at my place, Miette is the lucky recipient of treats and toys . . . and decorations inspector!

manipulated media

A significant ‘manipulated media’ incident yesterday, With two separate doctored videos circulating, both focused on the mental health of the officers in the highest positions in the country.  

Manipulated Media Swarms

This narrative is not new it also took place in the last election cycle. This post is not about politics it’s about the use of swarm behaviors on social media driven by manipulated media produced to drive men to action.

Legacy Media Reinforcement

First slowed-down footage made to make The Speaker of the House look drunk clocked millions of views on Facebook. Then a doctored [change the content or appearance of in order to deceive; falsify.] clip of stumbles also towards the ends of illustrating mental instability was RT by the POTUS then verbally followed up at an media event .

Never Goes Away

Warnings about being manipulated by deep fake video footage is prevalent in the news.  While that my be a danger a much lower tech of altered, edited and ultimately doctored video that spreads on social media is working just fine.

These digital swarms targeted with harms before content is flagged, identified, qualified and more often than not — never ‘taken down’.  In a rare case of a take down the material never disappears it only gets renamed and populates again to other accounts and networks.

Cheap Fakes Big Distraction

Threat scenarios around deep-fake videos speak of the perfect combo of early generation mobile handsets, poor picture quality due to bandwidth in 3rd world countries as the example environment for manipulated videos to spread.

Yesterday here in the US doctored, edited slowed-down footage playing out on iPhones and the web with an audience of ripe receptors worked just fine. The term ‘cheap fake’ is also what we are falling for and talking about vs issues at hand. Look over here.

Digital Literacy.

Our collective digital literacy is an all time low- dispute the text, question the camera, deny the video. All video networks need to label manipulated media ASAP. There are unique qualities to un-edited, edited, and manipulated we need to unpack them and the language around this media better.


Ethics effecting the bottom line

Ethics

When Some of the Best-Attended Exhibitions in Museums Are Protests, Where Do Institutions Go from Here? Whereas public protests in the 1990s came mostly from the right over controversial artworks in what was called the “culture wars,” the new wave of protests is more concerned with social justice issues and is harder to dismiss

Republicans, Democrats blast facial recognition technology [WashingtonPost] Committee chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) said “there’s a lot of agreement” among lawmakers that the technology should be regulated. The question, he said, is whether the systems should face a moratorium while the technology is assessed or refined, or whether it should banned outright.

Amazon Is Working on a Device That Can Read Human Emotion [bloomberg] A U.S. patent filed in 2017 describes a system in which voice software uses analysis of vocal patterns to determine how a user is feeling, discerning among “joy, anger, sorrow, sadness, fear, disgust, boredom, stress, or other emotional states.”

JPMorgan cuts ties with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma PMorgan told Purdue that reputational risks associated with the public backlash against the drugmaker informed its decision to cut business ties, the sources added.

The NYT today used the term “Virtual Cage top of page above the fold in a story about the harms of surveillance.

Media

Social Media Monitoring – How the Department of Homeland Security Uses Digital Data in the Name of National Security [brennancenter] this report seeks to map out the department’s collection, use, and sharing of social media information by piecing together press reports, information obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, Privacy Impact Assessments, System of Records Notices (SORNs), departmental handbooks, government contracts, and other publicly available documents.

Corporate accountability index, China hookup data

Ethics

2019 Ranking Digital Rights – Corporate Accountability Index – The 2019 RDR Index ranked 24 companies on 35 indicators across three categories evaluating their disclosure of commitments, policies, and practices affecting freedom of expression and privacy. 

Where concert tickets and politics meet. – The venue has provided free tickets to the department since the 1970s, something the department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has advised against for almost as long.

Amazon shareholders vote today (pdf) to decide whether the e-commerce giant should halt sales of its controversial facial recognition technology to governments and law enforcement agencies around the world. An Open Letter to Amazon Shareholders

Update: (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc said shareholders rejected proposals to curb and audit its facial recognition service on Wednesday, just as members of Congress indicated there was bipartisan support to one day regulate the technology.

Exclusive: Behind Grindr’s doomed hookup in China, a data misstep and scramble to make up [washington post] Early last year, Grindr LLC’s Chinese owner gave some Beijing-based engineers access to personal information of millions of Americans such as private messages and HIV status, according to eight former employees, prompting U.S. officials to ask it to sell the dating app for the gay community.

Media

Not a lot of love for Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages Report from the AMP Advisory Committee Meeting  

Tech

Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models– one-shot learning of neural talking head models of previously unseen people as adversarial training problems with high capacity generators and discriminators (Thanks Samsung! -ed)

A Revolution In Your Pocket [rbs.io] The technical part of this vision focuses on the personal Mobile Computing Device (MCD). Instead of a large and heavy all-in-one device, we may carry smaller devices and use other input methods. A piece of jewelry could contain enough computing power for the job and a few different forms of interaction could make it accessible to us. Voice control through a Bluetooth headset, a UI projected onto a wall or desk, or augmented reality glasses, could all provide different methods of controlling and working with our personal computing dev

Privacy

How China Uses High-Tech Surveillance to Subdue Minorities – To demonstrate, she showed how the system could retrieve the photo, home address and official identification number of a woman who had been stopped at a checkpoint on a major highway. The system sifted through billions of records, then displayed details of her education, family ties, links to an earlier case and recent visits to a hotel and an internet cafe.

Facial Recognition Technology (Part 1): Its Impact on our Civil Rights and Liberties [oversight committee] Video. Oversight Reform page

FT Magazine plays the privacy click bait right down the middle today with – Is your Airbnb host watching you? “I mentioned this story to a younger colleague, who waved away my concerns and said she already assumed she was being recorded in some fashion at all times and did not care.”

Chinese surveillance company Hikvision plunged on Wednesday, following a report that the Trump administration is mulling slapping it with a US export ban. – (MTA’s preferred facial recognition vendor…)

In Health Care, Too Much Privacy Is a Bad Thing Agree with this premise – every part of how it’s articulated here is wrong IMHO -ED

Tools

Accident / Incident (triage graphic)

The Modern Algorithmic Toolbox  [stanford.edu]

SSL Server Test  This free online service performs a deep analysis of the configuration of any SSL web server on the public Internet.

Side Bar

An article in the New York Times Style Magazine by Kurt Soller entitled, “At Restaurants, Thank You for Not Sharing:After a decade of treating every plate like a pie, individual dishes are making a welcome comeback,” caught my eye. For over ten years, I have been attributing a quote I thought I read from Julia Child that she did not share any dishes she ordered at restaurants. If someone wanted to taste something, they would have to order it for themselves; and not having any poor sap with merely one bite after passing it around to everyone.  For the life of me, I cannot for the life of me remember where I read it and I cannot find it online after multiple clever search queries. It seems like something she would say, doesn’t it?

The main point is that I have always agreed that one shouldn’t feel obligated to share; or if you really did just want a bite of a particular dish, then to ask if anyone also wants a bite.  And I do feel that this has started to be more common over the last half decade.

The article goes on with “Living in the “sharing economy,” we are accustomed to apportioning cars, offices and, yes, plates of food. Lately, though, chefs and diners seem to have grown weary of the communal experience.” Seems like quite an enormous leap to lump sharing plates with the sharing economy, as even the author acknowledges that tapas and most Chinese dishes are inherently meant to be shared.  Also, an enormous leap to pronounce that chefs and diners alike are done with the communal experience, let alone sharing a plate. Yes, there is the cubicle dining experience aka Solo Dining Booth at Ichiran. But I still see many a community table at new restaurants, ones short on space like Niche to massive spaces like Tetsu. I also found that ending the piece with fluffy political discourse (socialism vs. democracy) and stringng together random dining annoyances to be neither cute nor clever. It truly bummed me out that what started out as an interesting read, turned into and ended in such a shallow way.

Like I said, I loved trotting out that Julia Child quote over the years and I thought this article would provide more cultural insights or at least a few more quotes for my arsenal.  I do think that sharing plates did seem more prevalent at one time but perhaps that was timed with an influx of casual dining overall. The point now is that sharing is just one way of eating; just a preference by some diners. Speak up if you don’t want to share and use that Julia Child quote as a shield against looking selfish!  

parsed, organized, kept


Google keeps track of your Purchases and Passwords

US to endorse new OECD principles on artificial intelligence Soft ethics, the governance of the digital and the General Data Protection Regulation

The Conversational AI Playbook This playbook represents a first step toward defining the governing principles and best practices which will enable developers to build great conversational applications.

DigitalPsychology.io Digital Psychology – a free library of psychological principles and examples for inspiration to enhance the customer experience and connect with your users.  (it’s like an accelerator for addictive digital behavior how nice -ED)

Tesla is working to integrate more video games inside cars [electrek.co] They want to add more Atari games to the emulator, but Musk has also made clear they plan to add other games from other companies as well. This weekend, the CEO said that they are working on porting the Unity and Unreal video game engines in Tesla vehicles.

Remember the Digital Video Disruptors? Now They’re Mostly Just TV Suppliers [HR] noticeably slimmed-down NewFronts showcase. YouTube was still there, with CEO Susan Wojcicki touting 250 million hours streamed on TV sets each day. But companies like Maker, Fullscreen and Machinima that once commanded prime slots were absent, having been swallowed whole by their big-media counterparts and either disbanded or subsumed.

Smart, Deep Copy-Paste [arXix] we demonstrate the effectiveness of our system on two popular datasets, high-resolution face images and the more complex Cityscapes dataset. Our technique outperforms the current state of the art on face images, and we show promising results on the Cityscapes dataset, demonstrating that our system generalizes to much higher resolution than the training data.


Forget millennials —the art market should be looking at Gen Z [theartnewspaper] Unlike the rest of us, they have not been taken by surprise by the marketing power and potential intrusion of social media. Gen Z knows how to spot branded posts and targeted selling and will actively seek alternatives. Especially alternatives with a socially conscious bent. But not if you tell them so. They’ll find that out for themselves, thank you very much. (its like I have been communicating this authenticity insight over four decades -ED)

Quants Think Like Amateurs in World’s Wildest Stock Market [Bloomberg] China’s censorship of social media — and the constantly evolving online slang that netizens use to evade official monitors — can also present challenges for firms using AI tools like natural language processing to monitor investor sentiment. (slang AI sounds like a market opportunity – ED)

Why TV Executives Should Make Artist Kahlil Joseph’s ‘BLKNWS’ Network, a Star of the Venice Biennale, Into a Reality [artnews] But if Jafa’s video is a diagnosis, another video work at in the Biennale is—in a way rarely encountered in an art show—something like a prescription. Kahlil Joseph’s BLKNWS offers a kind of yin to Jafa’s yang: a moving, funny, and aspirational vision of what media might look like if it were not, as White says, “whitewashed and biased,” and rather more creative and reflective of the world we live in and the history that shaped it.

Public Data Land Grab

San Francisco Banned Facial Recognition. New York Isn’t Even Close . New York City needs to enact The Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act: because a U.S. federal privacy law could be worse than no law at all . This is the result of Googles Sidewalk Labs land-grab for our identity location, e.g. who we are in public – being called “urban data” by Google.

This piece is some of the best writing on whats taking place. Google’s “Urban Data” Plan: Evading Regulation While Promoting The Appearance Of Transparency This sleight of hand is achieved by their self-generated definition of “urban data”.  

“Sidewalk Labs has defined Urban Data is [sic] data collected in a physical space in the city, which includes public spaces such as streets… and parks… [as well as] private spaces accessible to the public such as …retail stores.”  (related blog post Questions around ‘urban data’ every city needs to define right now)

…..Sidewalk continues (capitalizing “urban” and “data” as if to trademark the words), includes not only data collected from sensors in public spaces but also data collected in “private spaces not controlled by those who occupy them (e.g. apartment tenants).” Some think what’s missing is real competition on privacy. I like this call for participation for the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen. An open call (Very clever – all your thoughts on urban data, theirs – ED)

Privacy Law – Stationary camera surveillance of the common areas of an apartment building — both a hallway and the building exterior entrance — is not a search under Carpenter, district court rules. US v. Kelly, 2019 WL 2137370 (E.D.Wisc. 5/16/2019) (Pepper, J.) (If you like privacy law – I am reading ‘Data Habeas” – it’s excellent – ED)

INTERNET

nothing bad can stay [mikeisaac] thesis: the permanent social internet is dying. the impermanent social internet will need to replace it. and it will be even more difficult to make money on such an internet than it was before.

Can “Indie” Social Media Save Us? [newyorker] When the problem is framed this way, the solution promoted by the IndieWeb movement becomes obvious: own your own servers. On a smaller scale, this is an old idea

Governments are the frenemies of society on hacking As the FT revealed this week, this surveillance technology developed by the Israeli company NSO has been used to scour sensitive data from a target’s smartphone from halfway around the world. – (We need private co’s using zero-day exploits never – ED )

ARTS & SCIENCE

“Alternative Museum Guide” (D)IRT, alternative version of the Whitney Museum Guide in protest of the presence of Warren B. Kanders, CEO of the tear gas manufacturer Safariland, on the museum’s board of trustees. Download the print formatted PDF

Leonardo da Vinci’s 12-volume, 1,119-page Codex Atlanticus Beautifully rendered by The Visual Agency we can now regard this online for the first time.

Tool : arxiv-sanity.com accelerate your research. This is one of my favorite tools on the internet right now and perhaps the most valuable link on this page.