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