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Jun 23, 2019

The NSA Is Building An Artificial Intelligence System That Can Read Minds

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, privacy

Transistors are now the size of atoms.


Scary but real.

The NSA is working on a computer system that can predict what people are thinking.

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Jun 15, 2019

Biometric Identifiers

Posted by in categories: internet, privacy

Spotlight: FBI Pushes Forward with Massive Biometric Database Despite Privacy Risks.


The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) focuses public attention on emerging civil liberties, privacy, First Amendment issues and works to promote the Public Voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet.

Jun 10, 2019

Forensic Database Biology Table

Posted by in categories: biological, chemistry, privacy

Biology Biometrics Chemistry/Toxicology Environmental Fire & Explosives Firearms & Toolmarks Questioned Documents

Technology/Digital Evidence Trace Evidence Other

Forensic databases — biology name sub

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May 8, 2019

China Stole NSA Cyberweapons and Used Them Against US Allies

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, privacy

An NSA attack on China has blown up in America’s face.

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Apr 8, 2019

The Galaxy S10’s fingerprint reader was thwarted by a 3D printer

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, privacy

It could take someone just 15 minutes to print a viable fake biometric marker.

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Mar 5, 2019

NSA releases agency-designed cybersecurity tool to the public

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, privacy

The move appears to demonstrates a commitment to the public good by the embattled agency.

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Mar 3, 2019

Three instruments as concrete alternatives to social networks taking advantage of our privacy

Posted by in category: privacy

Keeping track of all Facebook’s scandals could easily be seen as a part-time job right now. All joking aside, the development of its worldwide network ramifications participated in decreasing communication distances between individuals with three and a half degrees of separation in average between its members in 2016.

As a reminder, this network and its numerous variations, which certainly don’t need to be quoted anymore, have enabled us
— to reach our friends, family members, business collaborators or partners
— to create and join groups of discussion
— to organize events
— to promote icons and push contents of very different shapes

The actual downside here is that all of it became possible from the very moment that we accepted to join the online club for free. The benefits of being able to access brand new and pretty efficient communication means, have left us with no choice but to keep returning again and again to a highly segmented network (made from both acquaintances and closed ones). Such network, of which more and more of our “friends” form part, manage to convince us to never really read the terms and conditions of use in their full details (who says boring?) even though they clearly involve nonetheless the real-time sale of a stream of our personal profiles and somewhat predictable behaviors as soon as we consciously tick the right (wrong?) boxes in order to just get in at some point.

Taking benefits in using a free service could be very different from being the actual provider of a stream of values (somewhat made available from analytics data and advertising market places) by acting in good faith as we would simply do in real life, by not accepting advertisement as the only existing way how to endorse some of our cultural preferences with regards to this or that innovative trends (when there is little innovation and not only unsustainable waste of our limited resources — time or namely our attention to mention some of them).

Today, the privacy advocates can also be thrilled by the broad variety of initiatives enabling us to restrain ourselves from dissipating our shared moments between our interlocutors AND third parties interfering with our conversations. How to progressively upgrade the software without requiring everybody (who feels like it could be a good idea, of course) to get on board? I guess we’re facing quite a pickle here, perhaps not as hard to take on as gluing back together large blocks of melting ice, but still not that trivial when considered at scale.

Here are two technological means how to get connected with your peers outside of what might have become the most “normative ways” and another one relying upon one of the oldest network there is –emails-, and their respective slogans:
Riot — Liberate your communication — https://about.riot.im/
its underlying protocols are nowadays relied upon by the french state for some of its administration services
Manyverse — A social network off the grid — https://www.manyver.se/
Delta Chat — over email with encryption, like Telegram or Whatsapp but without the tracking or central control — https://delta.chat/en/

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Feb 2, 2019

A New Kind of Doctor’s Office

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, privacy

Hey New York, meet Forward. A new kind of doctor’s office with unlimited visits & no copays. Ever. Forward has two locations in NoMad & Midtown featuring unlimited access to world-class doctors, biometric body scans, genetic testing and so much more. Learn why The New Yorker called us “the doctor’s office of the future” → https://bit.ly/2sVXtfa

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Dec 26, 2018

Facial Recognition Tech Aims to Identify Good and Evil

Posted by in categories: education, information science, law, privacy, robotics/AI, terrorism

Facial recognition is going mainstream. The technology is increasingly used by law-enforcement agencies and in schools, casinos and retail stores, spurring privacy concerns. In this episode of Moving Upstream, WSJ’s Jason Bellini tests out the technology at an elementary school in Seattle and visits a company that claims its algorithm can identify potential terrorists by their facial features alone.


Dec 7, 2018

Patent talk: Apple concept features earbuds that can be worn interchangeably

Posted by in categories: business, privacy

Are we about to see Apple reaching an even newer gold standard in ear buds? Apple has a patent for AirPods with built in biometrics. It’s being called “universal” because the idea calls for ear pods that can be worn in either ear. That would mean no more left-right business.

Much of the tech news coverage is focusing on the “interchangeable” aspect of the concept. 9to5Mac’s Alex Allegro said interchangeable earbuds “equipped with ‘at least one’ biometric sensor, which could detect left/right ear placement and accordingly adjust audio.” He assessed the potential advantages as “evolving AirPods from a separate left / right unit to a single component,” which could lower costs and simplify getting a replacement AirPod.

If the are interchangeable, then it is a big deal in terms of user satisfaction. OK, the product is popular now but The Verge reminds us that the AirPod is not a perfect fit for everyone. Nick Statt: “Due to the shape of some people’s inner ear, the headphones simply don’t fit every possible ear shape well.”

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