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Boston police used mass facial surveillance technology on thousands of attendees at last year’s Boston Calling festival, Dig Boston reports this month. Employing existing security cameras, the program scanned people for recognizable characteristics, like “height, clothing, and skin color.” The documents uncovered by Dig, which have been online for nearly a year, show that the city’s partnership with IBM […]

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A Chicago man who was arrested using facial recognition software has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for armed robbery. Pierre Martin had strikes on his record before he was caught on camera holding up a man on public transportation. His photo was already in the Chicago police department’s database of 4.5 million mugshots. […]

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Over the weekend, the New York Times published an in depth feature by Natasha Singer on facial recognition. There were quite a few shocking facts. The first documented instance of law enforcement identifying people with facial recognition without their consent was at the Tampa, Florida Super Bowl in 2001 — eight months before 9/11. A competitor […]

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Artist Leo Selvaggio is attempting a crowd sourced anti-surveillance solution and using himself as a martyr for the cause. URME (pronounced phonetically) will allow its users to “become” Selvaggio to facial recognition software. His technique is simple: paper or 3D-printed (if you’re fancy) prosthetic masks of his face will trick cameras into recognizing him instead of you. […]

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This is one of those projects whose premise basically speaks for itself. A group of digital artists developed a program that runs Google’s satellite images of Earth through facial recognition software, finding the faces that are hidden on the planet’s landscape. Watch the brilliant software at work below, and see some of its findings in […]

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The NYPD has created a new facial recognition unit, which specializes in identifying subjects using photographs, according to a DNAinfo report. Established late last year, the eight-officer unit uses software to scan for faces in Facebook, Instagram, and surveillance camera images, then match them against the mugshots of known criminals. Thankfully, a facial match doesn’t […]

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So you’re out shopping for clothes and you notice that one of the store’s facial recognition-equipped mannequins appears to be spying on you. The Stealth Wear hoodie you just bought will protect you against drones, but is powerless against these bots. What do you do? You pick up a pair of Japanese professor Isao Echizen’s “Privacy […]

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The terrifying development in worldwide surveillance: Ecuador has implemented what it’s calling the “world’s first” countrywide voice- and facial-recognition system to aid in pursuing criminals. According to Russian company Speech Technology Center (which operates as SpeechPro in the U.S.), the system employed by Ecuador allows the user to ID the speaker on a tapped call […]

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If it wasn’t enough that people tag photos on Facebook 100 million times a day, Big Brothering themselves silly, now there’s a handy-dandy new facial recognition web-trinket. You can’t run. You can’t hide behind a “don’t tag me” t-shirt. Facebook will track your mug down for you, in your friends’ albums. Dislike? You’ll have to […]

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