Gizmodo: In Troubling Experiment, UK University To Monitor Students’ Social Media To Prevent Suicide

Gizmodo: In Troubling Experiment, UK University To Monitor Students’ Social Media To Prevent Suicide. “A university in the UK announced that it will surveil student social media posts, among other data, to try and determine whether they are suicidal. The project is part of a pilot program and will reportedly be deployed across all British institutions if it works as intended.”

China social media: WeChat and the Surveillance State (BBC)

BBC: China social media: WeChat and the Surveillance State. “China’s WeChat is a site for social interaction, a form of currency, a dating app, a tool for sporting teams and deliverer of news: Twitter, Facebook, Googlemaps, Tinder and Apple Pay all rolled into one. But it is also an ever more powerful weapon of social control for the Chinese government.”

EdWeek: Schools Are Deploying Massive Digital Surveillance Systems. The Results Are Alarming

EdWeek: Schools Are Deploying Massive Digital Surveillance Systems. The Results Are Alarming. “Such is the new reality for America’s schools, which are hastily erecting a massive digital surveillance infrastructure, often with little regard for either its effectiveness or its impact on civil liberties.”

TIME: Russia Demands Tinder Share User Data, Messages With Its National Intelligence Agencies

TIME: Russia Demands Tinder Share User Data, Messages With Its National Intelligence Agencies. “Russia is requiring dating app Tinder to hand over data on its users — including messages — to national intelligence agencies, part of the country’s widening crackdown on internet freedoms. The communications regulator said Monday that Tinder was included on a list of online services operating in Russia that are required to provide user data on demand to Russian authorities, including the FSB security agency.”

CNET: FBI, TSA use of facial recognition tech needs cleaning up, say lawmakers

CNET: FBI, TSA use of facial recognition tech needs cleaning up, say lawmakers. “At a Tuesday hearing on facial recognition by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, lawmakers questioned how government agencies like the FBI and the Transportation Security Administration have been using the technology. The FBI faced heavy criticism for failing to meet the Government Accountability Office’s recommendations on accuracy, transparency and privacy issues.”

Government Technology: Facial Recognition Project Included Secret Photo Archive

Government Technology: Facial Recognition Project Included Secret Photo Archive. “A professor at the University of Colorado’s Colorado Springs campus led a project that secretly snapped photos of more than 1,700 students, faculty members and others walking in public more than six years ago in an effort to enhance facial-recognition technology.”

Education Week: Florida Plan for a Huge Database to Stop School Shootings Hits Delays, Legal Questions

Education Week: Florida Plan for a Huge Database to Stop School Shootings Hits Delays, Legal Questions. “It was supposed to be operational six months ago, part of Florida’s wide-ranging effort to prevent the next school shooting: a sprawling new database that would merge people’s social media posts with millions of records on individuals who have been bullied, placed in foster care, committed a crime, or even been mentioned in unverified tips made to law enforcement. The plan, however, has sputtered, an Education Week investigation found.”