Researchers At U.S. Universities Are Reportedly Helping China To Track Its Citizens

Researchers At U.S. Universities Are Reportedly Helping China To Track Its Citizens

The report from the FT's Madhumita Murgia states that at least nine academic papers have been co-written by US academics alongside firms that either sell surveillance technology to the Chinese government, or alongside institutions with links to nation's military, such as China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT).

Moxie Marlinspike >> Blog >> We Should All Have Something To Hide

Moxie Marlinspike >> Blog >> We Should All Have Something To Hide

Even ignoring this obvious potential for new abuse, it’s also substantially closer to that dystopian reality of a world where law enforcement is 100% effective, eliminating the possibility to experience alternative ideas that might better suit us.

'Unjustified and Unnecessary': DHS Could Use Facial Recognition on 97% of Departing Airline Passengers

'Unjustified and Unnecessary': DHS Could Use Facial Recognition on 97% of Departing Airline Passengers

"It means the government, without consulting the public, a requirement by Congress, or consent from any individual, is using facial recognition to create a digital ID of millions of Americans," Scott said.

DARPA is Working on an Anonymous Mobile Communication System

DARPA is Working on an Anonymous Mobile Communication System

The United States’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is behind the many innovative and useful technologies such as Unix, GPS, Tor, etc. Read More: DARPA is Developing a Secure Open Source Voting System.

Silicon Valley-Funded Privacy Think Tanks Fight in D.C. to Unravel State-Level Consumer Privacy Protections

Silicon Valley-Funded Privacy Think Tanks Fight in D.C. to Unravel State-Level Consumer Privacy Protections

American standards on data collection could shape political and business decisions across the world, said Jeff Chester, president of the Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy think tank that opposes overturning of state-level privacy laws.

Opinion | We Built An ‘Unbelievable’ (But Legal) Facial Recognition Machine

Opinion | We Built An ‘Unbelievable’ (But Legal) Facial Recognition Machine

It’s unclear whether the Domain Awareness System currently uses facial recognition, though the Police Department experimented with it in 2012, according to Clare Garvie, an associate at the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law School.

One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority

One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority

The technology is not mature — in 2017 Yitu promoted a one-in-three success rate when the police responded to its alarms at a train station — and many of China’s cameras are not powerful enough for facial recognition software to work effectively.

Public, Council Were in the Dark on Police Access to ‘Smart’ Streetlights

Public, Council Were in the Dark on Police Access to ‘Smart’ Streetlights

Lt. Jeffrey Jordon, who works with Police Chief David Nisleit on special projects, confirmed that outside law enforcement agencies have requested access to San Diego’s raw video footage too, but he declined to say which ones and for what purposes.

“Blockchain in Cybersecurity: The future?” (From our Forums.)

“Blockchain in Cybersecurity: The future?” (From our Forums.)

NASA has decided to use blockchain technology as a way of enhancing security and minimizing denial of service and other different traffic service attacks. Also, blockchain security means there is no centralized authority in control of the network to verify the data going through it which makes it hard for hackers to orchestrate an attack.

Fighting The Citadels That Own Our Data: How Web3 Empowers Us To Take Back Control

Fighting The Citadels That Own Our Data: How Web3 Empowers Us To Take Back Control

In the face of myriad privacy breaches as a result of the ownership of our data by big corporations, Web 3.0 – otherwise known as a decentralised internet based on true peer-to-peer interaction – represents a beacon of hope to enable individuals to take back control from the current generation of internet behemoths.

As China Hacked, U.S. Businesses Turned A Blind Eye

As China Hacked, U.S. Businesses Turned A Blind Eye

In dozens of interviews with U.S. government and business representatives, officials involved in commerce with China said hacking and theft were an open secret for almost two decades, allowed to quietly continue because U.S. companies had too much money at stake to make waves.

Huawei's surveillance system in Serbia threatens citizens' rights, watchdog warns

Huawei's surveillance system in Serbia threatens citizens' rights, watchdog warns

"Thanks to Huawei's intelligent technology, police are now able to locate suspects based on stored HD video, improving safety and security, and realizing an overall reduction in the rates of crime," the case study reads, with Huawei saying so far it has deployed Safe City systems in 230 cities around the world.

Dr. A. Estwick: Safety of Your Personal Data Online Is a Life-And-Death Issue

Dr. A. Estwick: Safety of Your Personal Data Online Is a Life-And-Death Issue

‘Until we get serious, until we get to a point where there’s enough education [...], unfortunately, we’ll keep hearing about data breaches, but there won’t be too much action afterward’, - says Dr. Amelia Estwick, the Program Director at the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College (NCI).Dr. Estwick has an impressive 20-year long career, she entered the industry before the term ‘cybersecurity’ appeared in our lexicon.

Impact of 5G on Location technology

Impact of 5G on Location technology

In the modern world, it means that 5G is stepping up, bringing entirely new techniques that improve and speed the location technology. The fifth generation of mobile connectivity brings everyone the chance to see the exact routes and up-to-date location information.

Sharesome Launches #FindThePornstar Facial Recognition Tool

Sharesome Launches #FindThePornstar Facial Recognition Tool

By their own description, the Sharesome team just decided to pop off work one day in order to come up with a “simple solution for all porn fans out there.” Simple — like hackable?

Microsoft accused of being 'complicit' in persecution of 1 million Muslims after helping China develop sinister AI capabilities

Microsoft accused of being 'complicit' in persecution of 1 million Muslims after helping China develop sinister AI capabilities

US politicians slammed Microsoft for partnering with a Chinese military university on AI research that experts say could be used in Beijing's unprecedented persecution of its Muslim minority, with one prominent senator calling the partnership "deeply disturbing," and accusing Microsoft of being "complicit" in Chinese human rights abuses.

China’s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority

China’s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority

The police administered what they call a “health check”, which involved collecting several types of biometric data, including DNA, blood type, fingerprints, voice recordings and face scans – a process that all adults in the U ighur autonomous region of Xinjiang , in north-west China, are expected to undergo.

Amazon reportedly has thousands of people listening to snippets of Alexa conversations

Amazon reportedly has thousands of people listening to snippets of Alexa conversations

The report said the Amazon team transcribes the recordings and shares the conversations with other parts of the company in order to make Alexa's "understanding of human speech" better.

Startups and the Rise of Digital Identity

Startups and the Rise of Digital Identity

Well, if you want to keep your identity safe from hackers, see people in developing nations open a bank account for the first time, and take control over your personal data—digital identity matters.

Are the kids all right? These school surveillance apps sure want to tell you

Are the kids all right? These school surveillance apps sure want to tell you

Products like Securly and Gaggle, which surveil typically private online spaces like email accounts, documents, private calendars, and search histories and, unlike locker or backpack searches, can involve reaching into the documents and communications that a student creates while at home, sit on the extreme end of the spectrum of ways schools monitor and safeguard students.

Cameras Linked to Chinese Government Stir Alarm in U.K. Parliament

Cameras Linked to Chinese Government Stir Alarm in U.K. Parliament

Through a network of corporate partners, the Hangzhou-based security firm has supplied its surveillance cameras for use on the British parliamentary estate, as well as to police, hospitals, schools, and universities throughout the country, according to sources and procurement records.

Report: Face-Scanning Cameras In NYC Recognized No One

Report: Face-Scanning Cameras In NYC Recognized No One

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Privacy advocates are concerned about a pilot program that's scouring faces at MTA bridges and tunnels – but so far the program's been a dud. Kennedy Bridge or through the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, cameras keep watch and scan your face using facial recognition.

Chicago is Tracking Kids With GPS Monitors That Can Call and Record Them Without Consent

Chicago is Tracking Kids With GPS Monitors That Can Call and Record Them Without Consent

“I can’t quite even start down the parade of horribles in terms of all the ways this could be a problem,” said Sarah Staudt, senior policy analyst and staff attorney for Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and a former juvenile defense attorney in Cook County.

Facebook is partnering with a big UK newspaper to publish sponsored articles downplaying 'technofears' and praising the company

Facebook is partnering with a big UK newspaper to publish sponsored articles downplaying 'technofears' and praising the company

Facebook has partnered with The Daily Telegraph, a broadsheet British newspaper, to run a series of features about the company, Business Insider has found – including stories that defend it on hot-button issues it has been criticised over like terrorist content, online safety, cyberbullying, fake accounts, and hate speech.

WhatsApp’s Brian Acton to talk Signal Foundation and leaving Facebook at Disrupt SF

WhatsApp’s Brian Acton to talk Signal Foundation and leaving Facebook at Disrupt SF

Which explains why now, two years after leaving Facebook, Acton has found a new groove as founder and executive chairman of the Signal Technology Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to doing the foundational work around making private communication accessible, secure and ubiquitous.

New leaked documents reveal that NSA can read minds of 4G LTE users

New leaked documents reveal that NSA can read minds of 4G LTE users

Whenever your phone receives 4G LTE signal, invisible goop tendrils actually extend out of your phone’s charging port and attach to your occipital lobe to form a Brain-Computer interface that allows the NSA to read your mind.

Top Gear on Google

Top Gear on Google

The intelligent speed assistance (ISA) system uses both GPS data and sign recognition technology to check speed limits, and then automatically keeps the car below the required limits.

Will California lawmakers vote to protect Californians’ privacy or tech industry profits?

Will California lawmakers vote to protect Californians’ privacy or tech industry profits?

The results are in : Californians overwhelmingly support the privacy protections in Privacy for All. The bill’s premise is simple: It’s time for Californians to take control of their personal information, hold tech companies accountable, and ensure that everyone has the same privacy rights.

How AI helps facial recognition really get to know your face

How AI helps facial recognition really get to know your face

To work well, facial recognition systems need images with well-illuminated, clear faces that give a neural network detailed, accurate data. Royal Caribbean Cruises has twice as many passengers as Northwell has patients, and more of them, too, will see facial recognition as the program expands, project leader Schneider said.

The spy in your car! EU's speed-limiter system has a 'black box' recorder to track your every move

The spy in your car! EU's speed-limiter system has a 'black box' recorder to track your every move

‘Big Brother’ fears emerged yesterday about EU plans to fit speed-limiting technology in new cars. But privacy campaigners fear such data could be exploited by insurance firms to turn down a claim if someone was shown to be driving at only slightly over the speed limit.

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