Facial recognition technology (FRT) Roundup 

Todays Daily Dish focus is Facial recognition technology (FRT)

The collection of stories links and info below show just how much the public + private sector, scientific leaders, industry and media are all calling for accountability around FRT.

The only ones not speaking up our lawmakers. This is a critical time to ignore the embed first seek permission later rollout of FRT.

“Facial Recognition is the Plutonium of AI:”  (PDF) Facial recognition’s radicalizing effects are so potentially toxic to our lives as social beings that its widespread use doesn’t outweigh the risks.

MTA’s Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust [WSJ]  Zero face were detected within guidelines

Privacy in 2034: A corporation owns your DNA (and maybe your body)   [fastcompany]

NYPD claws back documents on facial recognition it accidentally disclosed to privacy researchers [DailyNews] —LAPD drops program that sought to predict crime amid bias accusations ——- Axon looking to add facial recognition to its body cams

Global Facial Recognition Market EST to be 7.76 Billion USD by 2022

Lets not forget who is driving the append of off-line information, (FRT/LBS) with our online lives. —- To wit….Publicis to buy US digital marketing company Epsilon, which collects vast amounts of consumer data like transactions, location, and web activity, for $3.95B

Amazon shareholders have forced a vote on the companies deployment of FRT – No suprise The Board Recommends That You Vote “Against” This Proposal (pdf) requesting Item 6—Shareholder Proposal Requesting A Ban On Government Use Of Certain Technologies and refers to their AWS

Big Brother at the Mall [WSJ] The privacy debate moves beyond e-commerce as magic mirrors and beacons log shoppers’ data in bricks-and-mortar stores.  

China / AI / FRT

Of the 11 artificial intelligence startups, the two most well-funded companies, SenseTime ($1,630M) and Face++ ($608M), are both from China and focuses on facial recognition  —- Related –  Multiple surveillance systems using @YITUTech Facial Recognition Technology which were accessible to the internet without any form of authentication full with millions of recorded faces stored in MongoDB databases and indexed  Yes that’s the same FRT a certiain pop star used to on her audience.   One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority [NYT]  In a major ethical leap for the tech world, Chinese start-ups have built algorithms that the government uses to track members of a largely Muslim minority group.

One of the best sources of China AI information is this newsletter –  A breakout paragraph from a recent issue around FRT and China —- Notably, the reporter also writes, “even if the public security can get our ‘location information based on the cameras we have passed in the past 24 hours,’ there is some controversy over whether the public security system has the right to monitor the life trajectory of each of us, and what places we have passed each day; compared with identity information, which is information necessary to maintain law and order, and there is constant need to register (the identity information). But the monitoring of the former (real-time location in the past 24 hours) is very likely to violate our privacy.” PLEASE STOP with the notion that Chinese people don’t care about privacy.


NYT The Privacy Project

Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police (nyt) Google’s Sensorvault Is a Boon for Law Enforcement. This Is How It Works. (NYT)

The Hidden Horror of Hudson Yards Is How It Was Financed
Manhattan’s new luxury mega-project was partially bankrolled by an investor visa program called EB-5, which was meant to help poverty-stricken areas. This map makes me sick

A.I. Is Changing Insurance Sarah Jeong. [NYT OP-ED]

How the Anonymous Artist Banksy Authenticates His or Her Work

Pete For America – Design Toolkit  Excellent example of the parts required for a grassroot capaign

How to Win Friends and Influence Algorithms [wsj] From YouTube to Instagram, what you see in your feeds isn’t really up to you—it’s all chosen by invisible, inscrutable bots. Here’s how to take back at least some control.