Daily Dish 020719

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The Low Latency Live Streaming Landscape in 2019  [mux.com] One of the hot topics of NAB, IBC, and Demuxed last year was “low latency” live video streaming. In this post we’ll examine the spectrum of different latencies that users experience, discuss the use cases for each, and explore evolving technologies which can deliver the best experience for your users.

Flowblade Free & Libre Video Editor  Flowblade is a multitrack non-linear video editor released under GPL3 license.

Flickr will soon start deleting photos — and massive chunks of internet history [VOX] “Who knows what Instagram or Twitter or Facebook will be like in seven years, or in 15 years,” Notopoulos wrote in 2012, “It’s not a stretch to imagine a day when all our words and images hosted on these services are removed [as] the companies collapse or morph.”  See also … You Should Never Have Trusted Flickr to Protect Your Cherished Photos . [slate]

A Comprehensive Survey on Graph Neural Networks    [arxiv.org]  In this survey, we provide a comprehensive overview of graph neural networks (GNNs) in data mining and machine learning fields. We propose a new taxonomy to divide the state-of-the-art graph neural networks into different categories. With a focus on graph convolutional networks, we review alternative architectures that have recently been developed; these learning paradigms include graph attention networks, graph autoencoders, graph generative networks, and graph spatial-temporal networks.

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens  E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages

Google Live Transcribe (Unreleased) Live Transcribe is a new accessibility service built by Google for the deaf and hard of hearing. Using Google’s state-of-the-art automatic speech recognition technology, Live Transcribe performs real-time transcription of speech to text on your screen, so you can participate in conversations going on in the world around you. You can also keep the conversation going by typing your response on the screen.


>Dystopian change-log

Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking [TC] And there’s no way a user would know. Many major companies, like Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia, are recording every tap and swipe you make on their iPhone apps. In most cases you won’t even realize it. And they don’t need to ask for permiss

Alphabet + Biometrics  [hcanews]  Alphabet’s life-sciences health-tech company and a sister to Google — has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for an electrocardiogram (ECG) reader for the prescription-only Verily Study Watch. (new biometric data collection point for Google)

Germany to restrict Facebook’s data gathering activities [Reuters]  The cartel office objected in particular to how Facebook pools data on people from third-party apps – including its own WhatsApp and Instagram services – and its online tracking of people who aren’t even members. That includes tracking visitors to websites with an embedded Facebook ‘like’ or share button – and pages where it observes people even though there is no obvious sign the social network is present.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s 10 Most Surveilled Neighborhoods [EFF]  Camera maps FTW.  Prosecutors maintain a map and dataset of thousands of privately and publicly owned security cameras. When law enforcement is investigating a crime, officers can refer to this information to identify which cameras may have caught relevant footage. And through a public records request under the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance, EFF recently obtained most of this data—the locations of 2,753 cameras—and we are now making it available to the public.

Seattle Surveillance Technologies Up for Public Review [seattle.gov] Includes a Master List of Surveillance Technologies  (pdf) that lists tools like ..GeoTime is a geospatial analysis software that provides a visual analysis of events over time. Users can view real-time animated playback of data and use automated analysis tools within the software to identify location patterns, trends, and connections between events.

How to Shine a Light on U.S. Government Surveillance of Americans [EFF] Four years later, however, serious questions remain about whether these reforms have successfully halted bulk collection and other forms of overbroad surveillance. It’s also unclear whether additional measures are needed to safeguard communities of color and Americans engaged in First Amendment-protected activities.  The ACLU has filed a new Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in an effort to shed light on these significant gaps in the public’s understanding. Similarly, in order to inform the coming debate, Congress and the public must demand answers to the following questions.

Jack’d gay dating app exposes millions of private photos [BBC] However, Mr Hough found that all the photos shared in the app were uploaded to the same open web server, leaving them exposed. And BBC News has seen evidence that private photos are still publicly available on the web server. According to news website Ars Technica, the app also leaked “location data and other metadata about users”.

Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software [motherboard.vice.com] Predpol explicitly encouraged police departments to dedicate their resources towards petty crime, according to documents acquired using public records documents last year. “Problem solving… that is oriented towards reducing misdemeanor crime may also reduce felony crime,” one document reads. PredPol generates place-specific crime forecasts police officers on a scale as small as 500 by 500 square feet, which can pinpoint, in some cases, individual houses or groups of houses. These forecasts are generated assuming that certain crimes committed at a particular time are more likely to occur in the same place..

Roger McNamee says the ‘like’ button was ‘beginning of the end’ [cbc.ca]  social media giant’s downward slide can be traced back to the introduction of photo tagging and the emergence of the “like” button. “That gave them social cues,” Roger McNamee, now one of the tech giant’s fiercest critics, told The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti. “You suddenly were finding out what people’s emotional state was, and that was the beginning of the end, relative to the sort of soft and cuddly, early years of Facebook.”


AI Artist Robbie Barrat And Painter Ronan Barrot Collaborate On “Infinite Skulls” [artnome] While the two artists end up getting along and respecting each other’s methods in the end, each has to see the other as fuel or a raw material or ingredient to consume for their own artistic self-preservation. In both cases the artists are actively consuming the others work into their own as an ingredient, which is a different relationship than mere inspiration.

Exhibitor List for Frieze New York 2019 [artnews]