San Francisco proposal would ban government facial recognition use in the city [theverge] If approved, the ordinance would also create a blanket ban that stops those departments from purchasing or using facial recognition technology. The legislation, which would also apply to law enforcement, would represent a new step in the battle over the powerful tool. The proposal comes at a precarious time for facial recognition tech. Despite documented issues of error and bias, federal regulation of the technology has been elusive. Microsoft has called for a law to guide its use, and various experts have suggested what that regulation could look like. Those proposals have included an outright ban as well as lighter regulation that would attempt to curb potential abuse.
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James Turrell Asks MoMA PS1 to Close Installation [NYT] MoMA PS1 has temporarily closed an installation by the artist James Turrell after construction nearby crept high enough to be visible when experiencing the work, which is meant to offer an uninterrupted view of the sky. (The super-tall buildings strike again -ed)
China : The FCCC’s annual survey of correspondent members is complete. The results are grim. Here’s a link to the full report, Rapidly expanding surveillance and widespread government interference against reporting in the country’s far northwestern region of Xinjiang drove a significant deterioration in the work environment for foreign journalists in China in 2018.”
In March, a Much-Needed Streaming Service for Arthouse Films Will Launch [hyperallergic] OVID, a recently announced partnership between academic documentary service Docuseek and six independent film distribution companies. Together, these partners — Bullfrog Films, Distrib Films US, Grasshopper Film, Icarus Films, KimStim, and First Run Features — control the rights to thousands of different documentary, arthouse, independent, and international titles. OVID will be an on-demand subscription service offering selections from these various catalogues.
Apple is getting closer and closer to spelling out its TV strategy [recode] Apple is going to make it easy/possible to consume the video Apple makes and sells on other people’s hardware, like Samsung TV sets. Apple already lets people buy subscriptions to TV services like Hulu via its iTunes store. It’s going to do more of that, and Apple believes it will end up selling a bundle of those that will compete with traditional pay TV bundles — a goal Apple has been trying to achieve for more than a decade. Apple is buying a lot of TV shows, and now movies, and also deals for … stuff with people like Oprah Winfrey.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Delusion of Consumer Consent [nyt op-ed] . But when we added in the results of the second set of questions about tracking people on that firm’s website, other websites and offline, the percentage that in the end decided they didn’t want tailoring ranged from 89 percent to 93 percent with political ads, 68 percent to 84 percent for commercial ads, 53 percent to 77 percent for discounts, and 64 percent to 83 percent for news.
Google Takes Its First Steps Toward Killing The URL [Wired] Google isn’t trying to induce chaos by eliminating URLs. Rather, it wants to make it harder for hackers to capitalize on user confusion about the identity of a website. Currently, the endless haze of complicated URLs gives attackers cover for effective scams
Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them [TechCrunch] Onavo is back on iOS using Facebook’s Certificate to circumvent App Store review. Tim Cook needs to revoke Facebook’s internal use-only enterprise certificate for sidestepping the App Store to distribute a policy-violating app to non-employees -ED
A List of Useful Steganography Tools and Resources -. [github] Steganography is hiding a file or a message inside of another file , there are many fun steganography CTF challenges out there where the flag is hidden in an image , audio file or even other types of files. Here is a list of the most tools I use and some other useful resources.
H&M hires Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whisteblower, [Bloomberg] to help the fashion retailer with data analytics and artificial intelligence
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