According to the business daily Vedomosti, contracts exceeding 2 billion rubles ($29 million) have been signed for the procurement and installation in schools across Russia of surveillance cameras linked to a system that has facial-recognition capability and is called Orwell, after the British author of dystopian novels 1984 and Animal Farm.
Popular culture reduced it to a single slogan — Big Brother is Watching You — and those with only a vague memory of studying the book in school thought the surveillance state was the main thing Orwell was warning against.
both Amazon and Google have confirmed that they do indeed have contractors in their employment who listen to audio clips from users. Shockingly, both Amazon and Google have confirmed that they do indeed have contractors in their employment who listen to audio clips from users.
"Using a series of Freedom of Information requests Big Brother Watch" found that "Metropolitan Police's facial recognition matches were 98% inaccurate, misidentifying 95 people at last year's Notting Hill Carnival as criminals," the civil liberties organization reports.
The technology currently has a lot of problems; Activist Post recently reported how Amazon’s own facial “Rekognition” software erroneously and hilariously identified 28 members of Congress as people who have been arrested for crimes according to the ACLU.
“Biometric photos of members of the public wrongly identified as potential criminals are taken without their knowledge and stored on police databases for 30 days,” said Big Brother Watch in a statement. Police are also continuing to build giant databases full of biometrically scanned images of innocent people’s faces, Jones revealed, saying:.
One of the new bits of evidence we asked the court to take note of in Jewel came from the UK, where NGOs including Big Brother Watch have also been challenging surveillance by the NSA and its closest international partner, GCHQ.
“New systems already being pioneered in China will link near-total surveillance – made possible by ubiquitous cameras – and access to location data in smartphones, as well as other information on virtually all aspects of a person, including telephone and digital communications, banking and credit card data and complementary commercial transactions, contracts, and public registries,” says the report, titled “The Future of Latin America and the Caribbean in the Context of the Rise of China”.
An investigation by Big Brother Watch earlier this year suggested the technology flagged up a "staggering" number of innocent people as suspects. The Met said "clear uniformed" officers would carry out the trials and distribute information leaflets to the public for about eight hours on both days.