Leave no dark corner

China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens. For some, “social credit” will bring privileges — for others, punishment. This real world surveillance state will involve constant tracking and judging of all of her actions, 24 hours a day. This story has been making the rounds over the last…

Facing Tomorrow’s High-Tech School Surveillance

Rose Eveleth in Motherboard. All annotations in context. It might sound like dystopian science fiction, but this could be the not-too-distant future for schools across America and beyond. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, for instance, have already begun publishing models for how to use facial recognition and machine learning to predict student…

Friction-Free Racism

Chris Gilliard in Real Life Magazine. All annotations in context. Questions about the inclusivity of engineering and computer science departments have been going on for quite some time. Several current “innovations” coming out of these fields, many rooted in facial recognition, are indicative of how scientific racism has long been embedded in apparently neutral attempts…

Hey mom, did you see this? Camps are using facial recognition, latest use of controversial tech

More than 100 summer camps are using facial recognition technology to help parents catch a glimpse of their kids when they’re away at camp, a convenience that also raises privacy concerns over the increasing reach of surveillance in society. I first encountered this technology at a recent road race. I'll have a post on my questions/concerns soon. Venture…