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Still struggling to get everything in my online courses to work, but today I also fiddled with long neglected research. I'm coding articles for a project on language of gender and transness in research on gender and facial recognition. (With @MaryAnnSaundrs & @LailaMFerreira.) 1/
And I bring you this thought: "Since an ethnic group or ethnicity is a category of people who identify with each other based on common ancestral, social, cultural or national experience, many possible ethnicity classes can be identified. . ."
". . . To simplify the problem, it is recommended that the maximum amount is less than 10."

Yep.

It's too complicated to have more than 9 ethnicities in this world. "It is recommended" that there are no more than 9. 3/

#MachineLearning #Algorithms #FacialRecognition #HCI
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So it turns out that not only is @zoom_us' #FacialRecognition #algorithm so #racist it chops black people's heads off...

..but @Twitter's image processing #algorithms are #racist too:



It's getting to the point where we need an industry reboot; if #SiliconValley genuinely wants to build '#EthicslAI', it must delete 'em all and start again. Respecting #HumanRights this time.
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@cityofportland just banned the used of #FacialRecognition, and all due to Commissioner @JoAnnPDX’s invited testimonies, which included our own board member @hamidtasnuva. Grateful for @b_haddy’s too

Some say cancel 2020, we say bring it on!

Sarah's testimony attached:
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BREAKING: Portland, OR just became the first city in the US (possibly the world?) to ban both government and corporate use of #FacialRecognition surveillance technology. Every city council should follow suit!
The city council and mayor unanimously approved two ordinances. The first is similar to those passed in Boston, San Francisco, etc. it bans all government use of facial recognition including use by police, schools, etc. notably this also includes use by TSA or airlines at PDX
The second ordinance is historic. It bans private businesses from using facial recognition in places of “public accommodation” as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. That means stores can’t use it on their customers, or on people walking by. It’s a huge deal.
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1/8 👂 WHEN THEY HEAR US: After a majority of respondents called on the EU to ban biometric identification in the #AIWhitePaper consultation, the @EU_Commission says a ban is still being considered.
#BanThisBS #FacialRecognition #MassSurveillance #DemocracyInAction #PeoplePower
2/8 What is at stake with biometric surveillance? Our reality as we know it! We must protect our democratic public spaces– and with them, our freedoms to speak, to assemble, to protest and to express ourselves.

#BanThisBS #FacialRecognition
3/8 Europe, right now 🇪🇺: more than 15 countries have secretly experimented with harmful #Biometric systems like #FacialRecognition in public spaces. They have often ignored existing laws & showed no respect for democracy or critical public opinion.
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Heads-up everyone, this is a chance to help set real precedent against facial recognition software and algorithms:
@GreatDismal: this information might be pertinent to your circles
This is happening today, in about 3.5 hours.
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On Sept. 9th, City Council will hear public testimony on a citywide facial recognition software ban in both the public and private sector. The private sector ban will be the first of its kind throughout the country. (Thread - 1/7)

gothamist.com/news/nypd-used…
After months of deep conversations with community advocates & work with city staff & colleagues, this ban sets the tone for Portland’s dedication to digital privacy. (2)
The public sector ban prohibits any city bureaus from utilizing facial recognition software, while the private sector ban prohibits private businesses from using the technology in public spaces. (3)
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BREAKING: A major new study from the University of Michigan recommends an outright ban on the use of #facialrecognition in schools.

Read the full report here: stpp.fordschool.umich.edu/sites/stpp.for… Image
The report's authors have recommended that schools #BanFacialRecognition because:

1) it is racist;
2) it brings state surveillance into the classroom;
3) it punishes nonconformity;
4) it commodifies children's data; and
5) it is inaccurate.
From the Executive Summary: "Through an iterative process, we developed historical case studies of similar technologies, and analyzed their social, economic, and political impacts, and the moral questions that they raised."

Take action at BanFacialRecognition.com
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(1) Hey @Brkfldproprtl, looks like you just installed a terrifying #biometric #surveillance system in my building without notice or consent.

First off, when you subject tenants to disturbingly invasive surveillance systems, you might want to, you know, ask if we agree. 😡
(2) Next, the fact that I have absolutely no idea what the capabilities of the system are. Does this include #FacialRecognition? Clearly it has both computer vision and thermal imaging, but what else? One person in the lobby says it has mask detection AI, is that true?
(3) Who keeps this data? For how long? Is it routinely shared with police and/or public health authorities? Do you have a #privacy policy, and if so, where is it?

I know not every tenant is a #surveillance expert, but did you think none of us would care?
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Your #socialdistancing at work - to advance the #greatreset of servitude & oppression.

#IoT #DeepLearning #AI #Algorithms #4IR #SmartCities #Surveillance

#CovidAsCatalyst

#Data is the new oil.
The illusory dream of corporate responsibility...

The Corporation, 2003: What the study illustrates is that in the its behaviour, this type of "person" typically acts like a dangerously destructive psychopath without conscience."
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BREAKING: Customs and Border Protection is pushing to weaken legislation to ban racist & invasive #FacialRecognition from #Portland. #PDX #OperationLegend
medium.com/@fightfortheft…
In documents provided to Fight for the Future, airlines like @Delta are requesting a special exemption in the facial recognition ban so that they can feed passenger's biometric data into a CBP database.
@Delta THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS.

Customs and Border Protection are the Trump #Stormtroopers who are abducting peaceful #PDX protesters in unmarked vehicles.

@tedwheeler & @JoAnnPDX are considering giving these goons special privileges to collect #FacialRecognition data at @flypdx. 😡
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What are the costs for a country by not having a national strategy on #AI? I would love to learn from your inputs in this thread: @maria_axente @johnchavens @AnnCavoukian @dmonett @ShannonVallor @vdignum @DorotheaBaur
#AI #SurveillanceState #FacialRecognition 1/10
It is certainly difficult to measure, in monetary terms, issues such as the suppression of freedom and loss of sovereignty, but it is easy to imagine the impact of the absence of a national strategy, based on a "ethics first and by design" model 2/10
According to a report from Oct/19, from the @AtlanticCouncil, this map shows how surveillance technologies from Chinese companies have been adopted. It's happening even in countries able to develop their own technologies and where a national #AI strategy exists 3/10
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@ylecun "Turing award winner" & @timnitGebru, groundbreaking researcher of #AI #bias, #facialrecognition, faced off on how a #machinelearning system could make pics like Obama's pixelated face into a white person. @ruchowdh @mutalenkonde @kharijohnson @mer__edith @miaD 1/
Yann states it's the data. Seems reasonable. Oversimplified. But @timnitgebru pts out there's more going on behind the scenes to get us to this point - more systemic issues beyond just the data that need to be acknowledged. @mutalenkonde @kharijohnson @sethcolaner @mer__edith 2/
Give it deeper thought. Question deeper how we got here... to a publicly available way to take pixelated faces and make them whole based on data that is majority white faces. @timnitgebru @mutalenkonde @kharijohnson @ruchowdh @mer__edith 3/
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1. New City of #Austin Policy:
#FacialRecognition Tech (#FRT)

... stated policy of the City that NEITHER FRT designed or used to identify members of the public, NOR info obtained from such FRT, SHALL BE USED by the City for criminal investigation purposes, law enforcement...
2. ...NOR shall such tech be ALLOWED to be used by private corporations on City property. If such info or use of tech is obtained by City inadvertently... it MUST be approved by City Manager and promptly reported to the Council and public with FULL details about purpose...
3. As this policy relates to the Austin Airport, the City should comply w all federal rules and requirements, but the City should MINIMIZE and ELIMINATE discretionary use of FRT to the greatest extent possible.
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Congress is trying to ram through reauthorization of the #PatriotAct and #FISA surveillance. These mass spying programs haven’t saved any lives, but they HAVE been used to crack down on protesters and political dissent.

Here’s a short history …

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saveinternetprivacy.org
The first wiretaps were used to spy on a cop-turned-bootlegger in the 20’s. The public loved him for defying unjust Prohibition laws, and he never used violence against the public or the police. But the federal government wanted to make an example.

2/

newyorker.com/culture/cultur…
By the 30’s, the federal government was using wiretaps to spy on political activists, helping corporations prevent workers from unionizing in protest against unsafe working conditions and economic exploitation.

3/

smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-…
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BREAKING: Microsoft CEO says they will stop selling #facialrecognition surveillance software to police.
Big caveat, they say they'll stop until there are "national standards," which is code for "legislation that our corporate lawyers help write to ensure it is friendly to our business model."

But make no mistake: this is a huge deal, and it's the result of tireless organizing.
The biggest companies in tech are realizing that #facialrecognition is politically toxic. They've decided that it is more profitable to STOP selling it than it would be to keep selling it. And that's significant.

Now we need to seize this moment and get lawmakers to act.
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Even #Amazon thinks it's good PR to pretend like they're doing something:

“This is nothing more than a public relations stunt from Amazon. But it’s also a sign that #facialrecognition is increasingly politically toxic, which is a result of the incredible organizing happening... Image
Amazon knows that facial recognition software is dangerous. They know it’s the perfect tool for tyranny. They know it’s racist–& that in the hands of police it will simply exacerbate systemic discrimination in our criminal justice system." - ❤ Fight Deputy Director @evan_greer
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I have heard some of you. Updated digital security tips for #protesters. Everyone must make their own decisions based on their own circumstances. Ideally, leave all electronic devices at home. Burner phones are a second best choice. #protests #GeorgeFloyd
I know that is not realistic for many of you so bring as few electronic devices as possible. Disable face/fingerprint unlock. Use a 6+ digit passcodes, alphanumeric codes are even better. Don't consent to searches of your devices. Do not unlock your device for police. #protest
Use @signalapp to communicate with each other. Use its disappearing messages feature. Turn off GPS, NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi, and any location services. Lock down your social media privacy settings. Don't tag or post identifiable images of people without their permission.
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i dunno if anyone maybe needs some good news for a change but ... remember those students who were told by their administration that they weren't allowed to introduce a student gov resolution to ban facial recognition?

it just passed overwhelmingly.

vice.com/en_us/article/…
Here's the story: students at Oakland Community College, near Detroit, were originally told by their administration that they were not allowed to introduce a student government resolution to ban the use of facial recognition surveillance on campus.
Then, on top of that, they were told they were not allowed to even host A FORUM on the topic of banning facial recognition surveillance on campus. They already had the event planned and had invited speakers from @justcitydetroit and @ACLUofMichigan.
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#Coronathon #TECH #ProjectHighlights Thread 1/3

1. #Safeslot to find your nearest #retailstore & manage #essentials buying abiding the #socialdistancing policy in these trying times!
2. #Hospital Bed tracker enabling access to realtime status of nearest hospital availability
Thread 2/3
3. #PanMan to empower #HospitalLeads have clear visibility on COVID19 patients & suspects and accordingly plan the resources
4. #Covid-19 PPE Tracker to provide hospitals with a common platform showcasing #supplydemand info of personal protective equipment
If you or #community #network can support these #projects please get in touch with us!

#hackathon for a change - #coronathon2020

Keep following this thread for other project details!
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Lecturas sobre #Tecnologia y #COVIDー19:
1. UK contrata a #palantir para gestionar los datos de la crisis. Contrato controvertido, pero interesante que el foco no es espiar a gente sino tener cifras sobre camas, respiradores, pacientes... Esto es crucial.
economist.com/britain/2020/0…
2. Los pedófilos se cuelan en las videoconferencias escolares ⚠️.
👉 Importante que mayores y escuelas entiendan cómo funcionan (se puede limitar quien se conecta) y no pongan los links de conexión en redes sociales!
#COVIDー19 #ethics
mashable.com/article/videoc…
3. Sobre #apps y #COVID19: uno de los pocos artículos que habla de COMO FUNCIONAN REALMENTE y no cae en el optimismo tecnológico. La realidad en China es uso desigual, sin geolocalización y mucho control con papel y boli 🤷
technode.com/2020/02/25/how…
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As part of IFF’s RTI work on facial recognition projects in India here is a thread of responses we have received on the use of facial recognition for voter verification projects in Telangana. #facialrecognition #projectpanoptic
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Read more here:
internetfreedom.in/facial-recogni…
On 24.1.2020, IFF filed RTI requests with the Telangana State Election Commission (TSEC) and Telangana State Technology Services (TSTS) pursuant to the use of Facial Recognition Technology for voter verification in the urban local body elections in Kompally on 22.1.2020.
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We asked them the following questions:

1. What is the legislation under which the authorities are using FRT?
2. Was there a standard operating procedure for the pilot project?
(3/19)
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1/4 In Lok Sabha, the Union Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah said 1100 people were identified using #FacialRecognition for their involvement in #DelhiRiots. He further said that the technology does not discriminate between communities and religions.
indiatoday.in/india/story/fa…
2/4 Currently, India does not have a data protection legislation, resulting in a lack of oversight and regulation of this technology. The absence of a legal framework that specifically regulated facial recognition technology renders the use of such a tool susceptible to abuse.
3/4 Moreover, the use of facial recognition technology for law enforcement purposes raises concerns of indiscriminate mass surveillance, which is never a permissible interference with the rights to privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of association and peaceful assembly.
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NEW: 150+ college and university professors, faculty, staff, and researchers have penned an open letter echoing student demands to keep #facialrecognition surveillance off of school campuses. It comes days before a national day of action planned for Monday onezero.medium.com/an-open-letter…
The letter's signers include prominent academics including security expert @schneierblog, facial recognition researchers @EvanSelinger and @hartzog, and renowned professor @sandylocks, who was falsely matched with a mug shot photo during our test of #facialrecognition at UCLA.
"Facial recognition poses a unique threat to safety, civil liberties, and academic freedom on campus," the letter reads, "Students should not have to trade their right to safety and privacy for an education."

It's part of a national campaign organized by @fightfortheftr & @SSDP
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