The Intercept: IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage To Develop Technology That Lets Police Search By Skin Color. “While facial recognition technology, which measures individual faces at over 16,000 points for fine-grained comparisons with other facial images, has attracted significant legal scrutiny and media attention, this object identification software has largely evaded attention. How exactly this technology came to be developed and which particular features the software was built to catalog have never been revealed publicly by the NYPD. Now, thanks to confidential corporate documents and interviews with many of the technologists involved in developing the software, The Intercept and the Investigative Fund have learned that IBM began developing this object identification technology using secret access to NYPD camera footage.”
The Verge: New facial recognition tool tracks targets across different social networks. “Today, researchers at Trustwave released a new open-source tool called Social Mapper, which uses facial recognition to track subjects across social media networks. Designed for security researchers performing social engineering attacks, the system automatically locates profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other networks based on a name and picture.”
The Next Web: Inside Google’s plan to stalk your social media accounts. “Google, once again, is excited about social media. But not in the ways you might think; this isn’t about another in a failed string of chat apps, or the knockout success that never was in Google Plus. Instead, it’s an entirely new way of recognizing human faces, and one made possible by — you guessed it — creeping on your social media profiles.”
PC Magazine: Facial Recognition: Should We Fear It or Embrace It?. “Advances in deep learning and artificial neural networks have propelled the speed and accuracy of facial recognition to new levels. But who’s making sure the tech is not being abused? At least one tech CEO is in favor of regulation to address this.”
My Twitter buddy Steve D. clued me in on this site I hadn’t heard of: https://www.civilwarphotosleuth.com/ . It’s an initiative to identify people in US Civil War photos. The public release of the software is August 1, and a launch event will be held at NARA. You can RSVP and get more details via this Google Doc.
ACLU: Amazon’s Face Recognition Falsely Matched 28 Members of Congress With Mugshots. “Amazon’s face surveillance technology is the target of growing opposition nationwide, and today, there are 28 more causes for concern. In a test the ACLU recently conducted of the facial recognition tool, called ‘Rekognition,’ the software incorrectly matched 28 members of Congress, identifying them as other people who have been arrested for a crime.”
BetaNews: Microsoft calls for government regulation of facial recognition because of ‘potential for abuse’. “Microsoft president Brad Smith has called on government to regulate facial recognition technology, citing concerns that it is open to abuse. While he acknowledges that technology company have a role to play, he that it is down to elected representatives to put rules in place.”