Open-records activists question Amazon-Arlington disclosure clause – [The Washington Post / 18] Amazon’s deal gives the company the ability not just to work with the government to tailor what information it provides in response to citizens’ requests, which is common, but also allows time for the company to go to court to prevent the release of the information.
All the Crime, All the Time: How Citizen Works [NY Times 15] An app called Citizen promises “awareness” of nearby danger. What it provides is more complicated.
In the first 24 hours we removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, of which over 1.2 million were blocked at upload…[Twitter/ Facebook Newsroom] Out of respect for the people affected by this tragedy and the concerns of local authorities, we’re also removing all edited versions of the video that do not show graphic content.” — Mia Garlick, Facebook New Zealand
Andreessen Horowitz, Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica 2016 Meeting – [The Guardian /16] Individuals who attended the meeting with Wylie and Andreessen claim it was set up to learn what Cambridge Analytica was doing with Facebook’s data and how technologists could work to “fix” it. It is unclear in what capacity Andreesen Horowitz hosted and who attened the meeting but it is nonetheless a hugely embarrassing revelation for Facebook, which was revealed last week to be the subject of a criminal investigation into whether it had covered up the extent of its involvement with Cambridge Analytica. See also – How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening [Wired /35]
Related’s Hudson Yards: Smart City or Surveillance City? [The Real Deal / 19] Related says its use of technologies will make life better for those who work, live or shop in the 16 buildings planned for the $25 billion development. But the company’s decision to hold user data indefinitely, as well as its partnership with the firm behind the controversial LinkNYC kiosks, has sparked alarm among surveillance and data privacy watchdogs. Related says it hasn’t yet determined exactly what it will do with data it collects from people in the neighborhood, or movements its cameras record. “But from our point of view, the data is our data for the purposes of allowing us to make Hudson Yards function better,” said Cross……In another quote they reference emotional recognition software… “We can say how many people looked at this ad, for how long. Did they seem interested, bored, were they smiling?” he said.
When it comes to the middle finger, police might need a thicker skin. – [AP/ 7] A federal appeals court says a Michigan woman’s constitutional rights were violated when she was handed a speeding ticket after giving the finger to a suburban Detroit officer in 2017. The decision means a lawsuit by Debra Cruise-Gulyas can proceed.
MIT Emotional Recognition Company Full Court Press – [Twitter/2] In a series of news items, Tweets, podcasts, blog posts etc – MIT spawned emotional recognition company Affectiva deployed on kids at a Disney event as a game and promotional take-a-way. The Company, it’s investors and news stories keep framing this as something we can stop – as they roll it – out prior to laws being able to catch up or public debate and vocabulary taking place. The tone is always a moral question of some sort, couching its evilness in a false high ground (mental health, road safety, handicapped kids etc). Have always respected The Media Lab but they have gone too far here. Joi come on.