Traci Des Jardins and the Closing of Jardinière

This morning, I read the New York Times article “Jardinière, a Pioneer of High-End Dining and Design in San Francisco, Will Close” with the subhead “The chef Traci Des Jardins says she’s ‘tired of fine dining’ and wants to focus on Mexican food.” I felt a little blue and a sort of melancholy stuck with me throughout the day.

I first experienced Chef Des Jardins culinary prowess at Rubicon in San Francisco in the mid-90s. Rubicon was Drew Nieporent’s first foray into the bay area and Des Jardins won the James Beard award for Best Rising Chef. I was new to the area and was taken by her dishes grounded in French tradition and incorporating fresh California flavors.

In fact, she was the reason I bought this cookbook called “Great Women Chefs” published in 1996.  I still have it. Check out the old-timey cover.

Book cover to Great Women Chefs: Marvelous Meals & Innovative Recipes from the Stars of American Cuisine with an introduction by Alice Waters

I tried my hand at her recipes and made the apple tarts for practically every dinner party I had for several years.

Traci Des Jardins is the first chef profiled in the book

I knew she was pivoting towards Mexican cuisine with the opening of her other restaurants. I spend a lot of time perusing recipes when I make a new dish and was pleasantly surprised when I came across her recipe for carnitas tacos. Search over. I found my recipe.

Des Jardins, for me, was unique in her standing amongst the male chefs of her time. She helmed a fine dining restaurant that was successful, though to be frank, I had a sense that her male peers received more backing and started to build their empires.  

And while I respect the move away from a white linen dining experience as I know that I myself seek out those kind of restaurants less and less, I feel remorseful.  Why can restaurateurs like Danny Meyers or chefs like David Chang and Tom Colicchio have high/low places but not someone as talented as Traci Des Jardins?

Weekend Cooking

Weekends are my favorite times to cook and bake. I had a burst of productivity and cranked out all sorts of dishes.  

A friend came over for dinner on Friday night, and relied on making a menu that relied on ingredients on hand (pantry items, ground beef in the freezer and veggies in the crisper): North African-inspired meatballs, cinnamon-scented tomato sauce, roast broccoli/okra/radish and toasted basmati rice.  We started off with some fresh tortilla chips and tomatillo-chipotle salsa and ended with rasberry and apricot rugelach. My husband made it official with a menu.

Friday Dinner Menu

Of course I forgot to take pictures of most of this but I did made so much rugelach that I got a snap.

Rasberry and Apricot Rugelach

I have become a fan of cold-rise pizza dough so I made a ball early Friday morning  to get ahead for either Saturday dinner or Sunday lunch.

I was able to make a run to 8 Hands, a local farm and market, and picked up some freshly baked sourdough boule, eggs and I picked up a few links of chipotle sausage which I thought would be tasty on one of the pizzas.  The market was pretty active for a Saturday morning which gave me time to browse through all the prepared soups. I ended up grabbing a quart of lentil and root vegetable soup as well.

We awoke on Saturday to a light dusting of snow on the ground so I thought a warming soup would be ideal for lunch. I had various root vegetables on hand and ended up making a carrot-daikon soup sprinkled with chipotle chilis (for a bit of kick).

Carrot-Daikon Soup with Chipotle Chili Flakes
Pizza sauce using crushed tomatoes, garlic, as well as garlic and onion powders and a spoon of sugar
Crumbled Chipotle Sausage, Red Onion and Olive Pizza
White Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Garlic and Herbs

Sunday was a day of rest and leftovers!

Hudson Yards Questions

If you live in Manhattan you have heard about Hudson Yards opening. They have a giant marketing tool called the Vessel. People were upset to hear that they surrendered copyright when taking photos on the marketing Vessel.

Take My Face, Leave My Photos Alone.

The irony is that no cared about deployed face detection, (identity) and emotion detection (feelings) being harvested covertly while you are on their property. Honest question do one somehow implicitly sign a TOS/EULA when you walk on to Hudson Yards?

Making Billionaires Vulnerable, Rest of US Just Data Sources.

It’s bing called “playground for billionaires” and “a mall for the wealthy.” “a billionaire’s fantasy city.” What billionaire would want to live in a place that was tracking when they come + go, how they feel, video records every step they take. I would like to meet them if only to harden their end points. One hopes the complex has significant info-sec protection of all that biometric data.

What does the lease say about data ownership – your data. What happens if HY gets hacked and your bio-metric info is leaked as a tenant. Just a second while someone unlocks that bank account with that info and move on the holdings in Monaco.

If Your HY Data Was Hacked – Would protest be allowed at Hudson Yards?

Is public protest allowed, or is this property that does not allow for the peoples voice, only their biometric data. (Only the best of the best when it comes to your personal surveillance at Hudson Yards.)

There are many questions around private data in the public realm, along with link blogging on the subject, I will try to raise issues here along side potential outcomes and opportunities to ‘be best’.

Related read: Data privacy experts flag ‘smart cities of surveillance’ at ITAC Smart Cities Technology Summit []

Link Round up / ICYMI

When a Phone App Opens Your Apartment Door, but You Just Want a Key A lawsuit filed in October in Housing Court in Manhattan by the couple and three other tenants of the West 45th Street building demands that the landlord give them access to all the entryways without having to use a keyless entry system. But it also has opened a wider debate over privacy, ageism and renter’s rights that has inspired new legislation in Albany

How AI Will Rewire Us [theatlantic]

The Internet’s Endless Appetite for Death Video [NYT]
With the iPhone Sputtering, Apple Bets Its Future on TV and News [WSJ]

Ahead of two major shows, the painter Jonas Wood reflects on his early career — and the most unusual object in his studio. [nyt]


XAIAn explain-ability toolbox for machine learning. Follows the Ethical Institute for AI & Machine Learning’s 8 principles. [h/t 4SL]

Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on [Google/]
Google Hotels / Travel [Google] features schedule listings for thousands of public radio stations and programs around the world

At Home Art and Action

A Conversation With Alec Soth About Art and Doubt [nyt/20] “I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating,” at Sean Kelly (March 21-April 27), The photograph with Hanya Yanagihara a diptych is quite special, she wrote the forward in the book and conducts this interview. On the 4th Vince Aletti (also in the exhibition at home with is exceptional collection ) will interview Soth. “But after I photographed Anna Halprin, I decided it should be in the subject’s home. This makes them more comfortable. It’s also more stuff to help reveal what might be going on inside of them.I started thinking about “Message From the Interior” by Walker Evans. That book only has twelve pictures. They’re all interiors and only a few of them have people, but there’s so much to look at.”

Could AI replace human writers? [FT/14/paywall] The books of SB Ekhad had been on the bestseller lists for months. Readers were clamouring to find out more about the elusive author. So there was a huge excitement when the organisers of the Oxford Literary Festival announced that they had secured the writer’s first-ever public appearance. But as people filed into the university’s Sheldonian Theatre to meet the mind behind titles such as The Flamboyant Partridge, they were slightly unnerved to see engineers plugging in a stack of computer hardware fronted by a screen that flickered on to reveal a human-like avatar face.

The Crisis of the Whitney // Nine Weeks of Art and Action [decolonizethisplace] Hyperallergic has the breakdown of Friday nights protest. ‘The main action occurred on the fifth floor, in front of Andy Warhol’s “The Last Supper” (1986), where Shellyne Rodriguez, a Decolonize This Place member told the assembled crowd, speaking of Kanders, “this motherfucker has got to go.” Behind her was a backdrop of banners held by members of the 30 groups supporting Decolonize This Place, with messages like “Kanders must go”; “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us”; and “Safariland supplies the NYPD.”

Art’s Most Popular: here are 2018’s most visited shows and museums [artnewspaper] The overwhelming success of the Met’s Heavenly Bodies exhibition shows how the public’s appetite for exhibitions devoted to fashion is on the rise. – Tate takes top UK Slot – of the three top London institutions. (British Museum (BM), Tate Modern and the National Gallery)

Giving Back , Being Owned, Going Dark

Tate & NPG Give Back Sackler Drug Money

Statement from The Sackler Trust and the National Portrait Gallery From 19 March 2019 (PDF), followed by the Tate Will No Longer Accept Donations from the Sackler Family, Setting New Precedent [cbc/] It looks like Nan Goldins protests have been getting traction.

The Art Newspaper reporting that South London Gallery returned funding to Sackler Trust last year. [theartnewspaper/4] “This precedent may well have paved the way for the decision by the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and the Sackler Trust last week not to proceed with a £1m grant from the trust to the NPG.”

‘Reputational issues’ (or shame as we call it), doing it’s work. Also looking into the Sackler crew is Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, who sent this letter (PDF) to them Thursday. Reated: Nan Goldin’s show at the NPG will go on.

Adversarial attacks on medical machine learning

Summary — [sciencemag/10] With public and academic attention increasingly focused on the new role of machine learning in the health information economy, an unusual and no-longer-esoteric category of vulnerabilities in machine-learning systems could prove important. These vulnerabilities allow a small, carefully designed change in how inputs are presented to a system to completely alter its output, causing it to confidently arrive at manifestly wrong conclusions.

The process for removing bald people from photos is as follows:

The boombox Incident The clerk mistook Kruger in the photo for George, since in the picture George had hair but Kruger was bald. Removing the only bald person from the photo was a pretty reasonable thing for the photo store clerk to do. I figured this is something that photo editors have to do frequently, so I decided to automate it. The process for removing bald people from photos is as follows:

Audio Cassette Tapes

Rewind: audio cassette tapes launch a comeback tour [scmp/4] His business invested several million dollars buying up old equipment from defunct production facilities, and last year National Audio manufactured 18 million audio cassettes, Stepp said, selling to 3,500 record labels globally.

Op-Sec 101 : Owned at the Device Level

A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments [NYT] Front page New York Times story is a must read. One graph outlines private hacking program Pegasus capability set.

“By 2011, NSO had developed its first prototype, a mobile surveillance tool the company called Pegasus. Like its namesake, the Greek mythological winged horse, NSO’s tool could do something seemingly impossible: collect vast amounts of previously inaccessible data from smartphones in the air without leaving a trace — including phone calls, texts, emails, contacts, location and any data transmitted over apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype.”

They do this by hacking the end points of the communications — the phones themselves — after the data were decrypted. Regardless if the application is not cracked you are owned at the device level with tools like Pegasus.

The WhatsApp application cited by… wait for it, you got it the very busy Committee on Oversight and Reform, who are concerned about New Information about White House Officials Using Private Email and Messaging Apps Raises Security and Federal Records Concerns.

Private mercenaries are rocking software that can own applications like WhatsApp, the same app Abbe Lowell, personal counsel for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, confirmed that Mr. Kushner has been using WhatsApp as a part of his official duties in the White House. You can bet Kush’s phone is owned.

Going Dark

DC AG filing: Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica well before first reporting (PDF) Let’s hope the court denies FB request to seal it. FB argues against it today. Stay tuned every CA case matters.
UPDATE: Friday PM ” The two sides met in court on Friday afternoon and D.C. Superior Court Judge Fern F. Saddler said she would make a ruling by the end of April for whether to dismiss the case. She did not make a ruling on unsealing the Facebook documents.”

In a WAPO story on vaccines – “Perhaps most significant, doctors and experts said, is that Kids Plus was able to figure out the social media attack was directed from inside closed anti-vaccine Facebook groups, in which members have to be approved to join” wapo

The above ‘closed’ Facebook group will look like an open gate once end-to-end encryption and self-destruct features are implemented on Messenger and other Facebook apps.

This does two things, one plausible deniability under the DMCA /avoid regulation on data sharing across platforms. Two it pushes out of view behavior taking place on their ‘platform’ . Making it difficult, perhaps impossible to prevent the spread of videos like the horror show in NZ and the like on their own platform.

This is the last stop on avoiding any accountability around platform as weapon.

Take Another Look


Think You Know This Photograph? Take Another Look [NYT/25]
The Swiss artists Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger recreate famous historical photos in their studio, to remind us we shouldn’t always believe what we see.

The descendants of slaves want Harvard to stop using iconic photos of their relatives [cnn/27] The lawsuit said, “It was an act of both love and resistance that Renty and Delia’s kin kept their memories and stories alive for well over a century. It is unconscionable that Harvard will not allow Ms. Lanier to, at long last, bring Renty and Delia home.”

Scooter Companies Split on Giving Real-Time Location Data to Los Angeles [Motherboard /22 ] Uber, which is pushing back against the requests for real-time location data of its JUMP scooters, was granted a provisional, month-long permit, while other companies received a full-year license.


Doomed Boeing Jets Lacked 2 Safety Features That Company Sold Only as Extras. [NYT] “The angle of attack indicator will remain an option that airlines can buy.”(Can we make this against the law for every product and service -ED )

Facebook: Our AI Tools Failed to Catch New Zealand Attack Video [FB] The video had been viewed 4,000 times on the site and copied on other sites beyond control. (Social media video needs to adhere to broadcast standards and practices for 21 and under. – ED)

Google AI Music Doodle Tech [giithub/] This JavaScript implementation of Magenta’s musical note-based models uses TensorFlow.js for GPU-accelerated inference.

Society Desperately Needs An Alternative Web [Forbes /26] This recent article, “The World is Choking on Data Pollution” offered a profound distillation of what we are witnessing today: Progress has not been without a price. Like the factories of 200 years ago, digital advances have given rise to a pollution that is reducing the quality of our lives and the strength of our democracy… We are now face-to-face with a system embedded in every structure of our lives and institutions, shaping our society in ways that deeply impact our basic values.


Are schools getting justifiable value out of their student surveillance? [edscoop /19] A 2018 Florida mandate collects the social media information of students and combines it with law enforcement data into a centralized database. Georgia lawmakers are floating a bill that would create “student profiles” using records from schools, local and federal law enforcement and state social service agencies. The Federal School Safety Report, released in December, advocates for schools to monitor the social media of students. The implication of these initiatives, Marlow says, violates primary American principles.

Nokia phones sent personal information to China Every time the phone was switched on, the screen activated or unlocked, his geographical position, as well as the SIM card number and the phone’s serial number went to a server in China. Investigation has been started.

Supper Club: March and Mean Girls

Two of my oldest and dearest friends (M and T) and I started calendaring regular dinners to make sure that too many months would not go by without us reconnecting.  At first, we would pick restaurants based more on location on the day that worked for us all, so sometimes we would meet for acceptable pasta at Serafina, or try a new plant-based pizzeria because we were all curious, or splurging at Gabriel Kreuther to celebrate our birthdays.

When I left my corporate run in digital entertainment, I had more time on my hand and since I have always enjoyed cooking, I thought maybe we could eat-in versus go out. Somewhere along the way, we started to meet at M’s apartment which was sort of equidistant from myself and T, and M had the place to herself which meant we could talk freely and linger as long as we all wanted.  M is the sommelier amongst us so she would usually provide the wine; T plays sous-chef and brings a course like dessert or makes a side dish though she would usually also bring a bottle of something recommended from her favorite local wine seller. And I would set the menu and prepare the meal.

I absolutely love thinking up menus for dinner parties.   The parameters for these friends includes M being a pescatarian, and while T is an omnivore, she is allergic to scallops, crabs and shrimp, though clams are ok! I usually have to ask her of this list every month though now after several years, I finally remember.

I wanted to share our Supper Club ritual because it’s a wonderful way for friends to connect on a regular basis. We cover the gamut on topics as we cook, eat and drink.

Menu: I have been lamenting no longer having a favorite place to go for chirashizushi and so decided to put in on the menu.  Also, it was timely in that Hinamatsuri (Girls’ or Doll) Festival is on March 3 and it is common to serve this dish. My mom had given me some Japanese boxed containers and so I mixed and matched a few to make one big box of sashimi, and then we each had our own box. I also made a side dish of kimpira gobo.

Assorted Sashimi
Individual Chirashi Box
Kimpira Gobo

Drink: sake, of course.

Dessert: wagashi or Japanese sweets. My husband got me a box of specialty confections (mochi, kumquat, sweet bean paste) from Minamoto Kitchoan and I had no business eating the entire thing. Supper Club is also a great way to share (and save myself) from candy.

Conversation: Mean Girls

This last supper club, we talked about ‘mean girls’ and being at a place where we are okay with icing them out of our lives.  The motives are not sometimes clear and the tormenting or aggressive bully-like behavior happen over a period of time.

We each shared stories about surprising betrayals, intent, and workplace bullying.

Relationships are fragile enough things and we know how emotional pain can be the hardest to overcome. Unless they are family, cutting off bad relationships are a natural part of life.  Like a plant, you need make sure to give relationships enough water and light for growth. And you need to prune the dead leaves and branches. Good riddance to ‘mean girls’ and cheers to making time to spend with quality friends.

Spring Returns, Biometrics Bloom

Live UK: Parliamentlive: Science and Technology Committee Subject: The work of the biometrics commissioner and the forensic science regulator

BioMetrics: Don’t look now: why you should be worried about machines reading your emotions [Guardian/14] According to Affectiva’s website, they have the largest emotion data repository in the world, with over 7.5m faces from 87 countries, most of it collected from opt-in recordings of people watching TV or driving their daily commute.

Biometrics: Amazon Rekognition Launches Enhanced Face Analysis [Amazon / ] With this release, we have improved the accuracy of gender identification, emotion detection (for all 7 supported emotions: ‘Happy’, ‘Sad’, ‘Angry’, ‘Surprised’, ‘Disgusted’, ‘Calm’ and ‘Confused’) and attributes such as ‘EyesOpen’.

Paper: Emotion Action Detection and Emotion Inference: the Task and Dataset [avxiv/0] Many Natural Language Processing works on emotion analysis only focus on simple emotion classification without exploring the potentials of putting emotion into “event context”, and ignore the analysis of emotion-related events

Research: Google data collection research (From last August) In “Google Data Collection,” Douglas C. Schmidt, Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, catalogs how much data Google is collecting about consumers and their most personal habits across all of its products and how that data is being tied together.

OpenSource: SOD – An Embedded Computer Vision & Machine Learning LibrarySOD is an embedded, modern cross-platform computer vision and machine learning software library that expose a set of APIs for deep-learning, advanced media analysis & processing including real-time, multi-class object detection and model training on embedded systems with limited computational resource and IoT devices.

Library of Congress > New National Recording Registry Class [loc] The classic radio western “Gunsmoke”; Ritchie Valens’ groundbreaking 1958 sensation “La Bamba”; Sam & Dave’s 1967 hit single “Soul Man”; the revolutionary 1968 Broadway musical “Hair”; and Neil Diamond’s 1969 “Sweet Caroline,” which became a popular sports anthem, are the newest recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

FT OP_ED Can Magic Leap’s ‘mixed reality’ find the human touch? [ft/10/paywall] Early teaser videos posted by Magic Leap on YouTube showed a whale breaching in a school gymnasium and a shootout with killer robots invading an office. Initially, Marina Abramovic: The Life seemed a rather sedate, even anticlimactic affair — a woman in a red dress doing not very much. Gradually, though, the minimalist, meditative performance won me over. That I was one of several real people experiencing the same collective hallucination only made it feel more vivid.

Everything In It’s Face

The future of streaming is the cable bundle [vox/34] But at the same time, my guess is that most of these companies know they’re not going to wipe massive companies like Netflix or Disney from the face of the earth — to say nothing of a company like Apple, which is still waiting in the wings with its own proposed streaming service, or YouTube, which has struggled to launch its own subscription service but owns the viewership habits of the generation just entering its teens and 20s…..

Privacy’s not dead. It’s just not evenly distributed [Fastcompany /34] To begin, Ciara Byrne looks at the split along class lines: Increasingly the wealthy can pay for more privacy, but the poor have always surrendered their privacy for survival. Glenn Fleishman examines how Do Not Track got caught between the hopes of privacy advocates and the fears of the ad industry. And an eighth grader explains how her family’s use of Facebook completely changed her mind about social media.

Facial recognition: Apple, Amazon, Google and the race for your face [c|net /27] Unlike other forms of biometric authentication, cameras can gather information about your face with or without your knowledge or consent. If you’re a privacy-minded person, you could potentially be exposing your data when in a public place without knowing it. Because the technology is so new, there aren’t any laws in the US limiting what companies can do with images of your face after they capture it. A bipartisan bill was recently introduced in the Senate to rectify the lack of regulation.

The Case for Investigating Facebook, When the US Antitrust Chairman pens a Facebook Op-Ed [NYT] And in its pursuit of dominance, Facebook gave at least 60 device makers direct access to its users’ data. Those actions are under criminal investigation, The Times reported last week. Facebook has also engaged in campaigns to obstruct congressional oversight and to smear and discredit critics — tactics reminiscent of the big tobacco playbook.

Timeliner [github/0] is a personal data aggregation utility. It collects all your digital things from pretty much anywhere and stores them on your own computer, indexes them, and projects them onto a single, unified timeline. The intended purpose of this tool is to help preserve personal and family history. [h/t 4SL] (local version of friendfeed – ED)

ScattertextText Data Visualization in Python. This is a tool that’s intended for visualizing what words and phrases are more characteristic of a category than others

New Emo City

Technology Watch – Emotion Detection Edition
DTPR – Digital Transparency in the Public Realm

Since the ’90s, I have been drawing attention to the impact of the surveillance economy, specifically the intersection of public and private data. It is time to revisit why this is important and why comprehensive privacy protection is necessary.

Where Are We Now?

Our current position as it relates to our lives in public: we are losing the right to our own thoughts, as we see the consequences of unchecked technology deployment for three decades.

Compounded by impotent or even non-existent legislation and regulation that follows decades later, we have arrived at a place where business and governments can use cameras to interpret our emotions and use them against us. This is your right to negotiate, gone.

A shining urban example is Hudson Yards, the launch of a new surveillance city. “We can say how many people looked at this ad, for how long. Did they seem interested, bored, were they smiling?”. This type of software is being rolled out in all areas of our lives. At retail, at work, in transit, at home. Not just on city streets. It is legion.

A Cautionary Fable

Allow me a small digression on how we got to now. There is an old Tower of Babel fable – a tale of language and how there were places that existed just yards from each other that did not share common language, or even syllables.

The result of a massive incantation put forth from the top to protect us from a singular attack. One voice that could take us all out at once. Think an even larger incantation of an evil nature, (I know this is starting to sound like an allegory). A specific incantation put into place. Keeping language separate as method to protect us.

Fast forward to now with internet and technology in place where no language barriers exist anymore, one network, any language, no rules of engagement.

The Need for Vocabulary and Context

Most noteworthy, at almost each step we failed to implement proper vocabulary, context, ethics, around what was taking place en mass.

In the early 90’s when logging on to The Well you were greeted with this line at the first text prompt:: ‘you own your own words’ offering clarity by entering their digital house you did not lose your rights.

Now our actions are someone else’s rights. Even simple actions of walking down the street.

One more piece here, humans, man’s innate nature to trust, especially as we age. As a result we are ripe receptors for those who want to move men to action. (See the 2016 election).

List: Things that have been weaponized


Social networks

Cable TV News


The airwaves

Phone lines

Data/The Internet


For example, think about how many networks and things we use every day that we don’t have rights on. How many of those have been weaponized against us.

Appending Digital and IRL

We could break down the fails in each area weaponized, how it happened in post-op review. Remember self regulation and advertising? (Another longer post sometime on this and useless burden of big-data.)

If you look at this as part of the giant click bait advertising fail that has been going on for the last two decades. The fix for these fail’s mandates more data collection. Hence the new need to append your online identity with your offline behavior for even deeper targeting.

A terrible solution to a problem we never deserved. Does anyone really think the promise of providing more personal identifiable information for increased relevant advertising worked? Even if executed, effective?

The Solution is More Data

This pattern of massive failure followed with solutions that encroach on the public rights is everywhere. Take for example NYC congestion pricing. Another example of a nightmare solution due to a problem that could have many other solves, a result of gross mismanagement in the first place.

Due to of failures in infrastructure and basic traffic flow we now need a revenue fix. In this case surveillance economics becomes the solution. A mechanism to put in place location based tracking license readers.

Already in place are facial recognition towers that now stand at most gateways into NYC. Does anyone remember the public comment period for this?..get in touch.

To What End?

One of the ways I like to look at online offline behavior is this quote from one of the founders of Twitter @ev on data driven content – “whenever there is a car crash, everyone looks. That doesn’t mean we want more car crashes”. Swarm behaviors in the online world do not translate offline and vise versa, and shouldn’t.

We are actively trying to pair the two things to what end, what exactly is the end game here? Total situational awareness for commerce or security. Neither Optimal Key Result will be met, the cost will be liberty and lots of wasted dollars.

Your Thoughts In Public – Personal Event Data in Public Spaces

Back to the weaponization of the camera , and rights to privacy to your own thoughts in public. (Can not believe I had to type that sentence.)

The weaponized camera is a mechanism to trans-code your public, private and secret selves in one place. That place, is ‘not yours’ as they say from the auction block. Cameras take life as game and moves it to – life’s events as profit.

Awareness Gap

Understanding current software capability-set often non-existent or misunderstood. Context is almost always missing. Software exists that enable cameras to see your emotions. Machine learning software infer thoughts, illness (mental, physical), predisposed to do X.

This data off the events of our lives, event data that we create, data that allows us to exist independently, to negotiate, to have a private self, to be, to be singular is being taken without our permission.

Data-assault accurately describes the violations being deployed. They may sound digital but the lines blur with physical fast.

Personally identifiable event data being eviscerated includes at any age as long as you have a device. Location history, facial Identification and recognition, bio-metric data etc.

The arguments against this technology often fall to false positives. False positives are a technology solve, not a blocker. We need counter act this through ethics and human rights lenses, not a product imperfection view.

Personal Event Data in Public Spaces, Your Thoughts In Public – Action Plan

Why are not more people speaking up? It’s akimbo to a board not speaking up to a CEO. Legislative bodies that sit quiet in troubling times.

• Hold up a mirror

— Playback each day key political, and commercial figures with emotion recognition overlays.

— Flip the video on any camera that is watching by pushing to screen the machine view of the information. Display event data generated / being stolen. Think kiosks that display what the machine/camera sees in place of the advertisements.

• Take back your block and data. Fall 2019
— A day of civic action at the block level. Massive city wide education and activism with existing .orgs addressing this issue.

• Legal plan. Does the Fourth Amendment protect such information from unlawful search and seizure, or is this data merely a part of a third party’s business records?

1- File injections to stop and cease Sidewalk labs link NYC kiosks based on Carpenter v. US.

2- Put in place privacy protection laws and candidates that support data civil rights and stop the practice full stop. We do not need governors on data collection but protection from collection or using it period.

This is not the smart city I was looking for.

Looking for other rights minded tech, design and legal focused teams, organizations and individuals.

ed note: this is first daft – revisions and updates to follow.