Education Week: Civil Rights Groups Sound Alarm Over Florida School-Safety Database

Education Week: Civil Rights Groups Sound Alarm Over Florida School-Safety Database. “A new state database intended to prevent school shootings represents a ‘massive surveillance effort’ that should be immediately halted, a coalition of nearly three dozen advocacy organizations told Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a letter delivered Tuesday. “

The Verge: Facial recognition smart glasses could make public surveillance discreet and ubiquitous

The Verge: Facial recognition smart glasses could make public surveillance discreet and ubiquitous. “From train stations and concert halls to sport stadiums and airports, facial recognition is slowly becoming the norm in public spaces. But new hardware formats like these facial recognition-enabled smart glasses could make the technology truly ubiquitous, able to be deployed by law enforcement and private security any time and any place.”

MakeUseOf: 4 Ways to Avoid Facial Recognition Online and in Public

MakeUseOf: 4 Ways to Avoid Facial Recognition Online and in Public. “Many people are concerned about facial recognition software being used to track their movements and the threat to civil liberties that this software poses. While this issue is being debated, there are steps you can take to avoid some facial recognition software, both online and in person.”

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.”

Techdirt: The DHS’s Social Media Monitoring Is Causing Collateral Damage, But Doesn’t Seem To Be Making The Nation Safer

Techdirt: The DHS’s Social Media Monitoring Is Causing Collateral Damage, But Doesn’t Seem To Be Making The Nation Safer. “While DHS components have stepped up the intrusiveness of their border screenings, they haven’t been able to show all these manhours and infringed rights are actually doing anything to keep the country safer. More and more information is being gathered, but it’s either of little to no use, or the agencies engaging in these searches can’t be bothered to tally up the wins and losses of the border security game. The Brennan Center, however, has compiled a report on the DHS’s screening programs and their various enhancements.”

Ubergizmo: This Colorful Patch Stops AI Cameras From Tracking You

Ubergizmo: This Colorful Patch Stops AI Cameras From Tracking You. “Thanks to the efforts of a group of engineers from the University of KU Leuven in Belgium, they have somehow managed to beat AI-powered cameras from identifying and tracking you. It also appears that the method involved isn’t particularly sophisticated and all it involves is a colorful patch that you can print out at home.”

New York Times: We Built an ‘Unbelievable’ (but Legal) Facial Recognition Machine

New York Times: We Built an ‘Unbelievable’ (but Legal) Facial Recognition Machine. “Most people pass through some type of public space in their daily routine — sidewalks, roads, train stations. Thousands walk through Bryant Park every day. But we generally think that a detailed log of our location, and a list of the people we’re with, is private. Facial recognition, applied to the web of cameras that already exists in most cities, is a threat to that privacy.”