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Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies using two wheels instead of four in some neighborhoods | FOX2now.com
Jefferson County sheriff`s deputies are taking a different approach to try and build better relationships with the citizens who they serve.

They are hitting the streets in Jefferson County neighborhoods on bicycles instead of patrol cars....

The deputies are biking through neighborhoods two or three times during the week and on Saturdays.

The goal to bridge the gap between police and the public.
jeffersoncounty  police  cycling  ipmba  lawenforcement 
3 days ago by mobikefed
I’m freaking out about this Amazon Sidewalk mesh network stuff. Here’s why:
I’m freaking out about this Amazon Sidewalk mesh network stuff. Here’s why:

1. Amazon is pushing WiFi so you have to send all your traffic through their access points. W/e, no surprises there. But did you know they can track you even if you’re not logged onto their network?

2. Businesses can geolocate you simply by the act of your phone probing for WiFi. Regardless of whether you connect, your MAC address touches the device and they know where you are. NBD if this is a small biz, but if it’s Amazon, they can tie this to your user profile. And Name.

3. Cops can tap into live feeds of Ring cameras which can be triggered by things like face rec notifications. And we all know how well that works for POC. Add the mesh tracking and viola... you’ve created a virtually inescapable panopticon that can follow you wherever you go. BUT

4. What’s REALLY scary is that only a fraction of the country needs to opt into this service to create a network with exhaustive coverage of our neighborhoods and streets. This is a BIG DEAL and I wish I saw more in the news about the potential for misuse.
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5. Amazon is building the infrastructure to monitor us all. It won’t be long before they package mesh routers into Ring devices to increase the footprint of access. What’s really sad is that they’ll profit from this, while the public eats it up as “just another cool gadget”.

6. I should add, I guess, that Ring only allows cops to access stored recordings, not live feeds. But this is as simple as a policy change and a software update to make real. We need regulation and democratic oversight of surveillance tech to make sure they never do.
amazon  surveillance  privacy  infosec  wifi  lawenforcement  gps  telecommunications 
22 days ago by campylobacter
Everyone Watches, Nobody Sees: How Black Women Disrupt Surveillance Theory
Surveillance is based on a presumption of entitlement to access, by right or by force. More importantly, it hinges on the belief that those surveilled will not be able to reject surveillance — either due to the consequences of resisting, or the stealth of the observance. They either won’t say no, or they can’t.

Discussions of stolen celebrity selfies often miss the “by force” aspect of the breaches, instead focusing on salacious details. Surveillance is part of the information age, but it has always been part of abusive dynamics. As opting into surveillance becomes increasingly mandatory to participate in societies and platforms, surveillance has been woven into the fabric of our lives in ways we can not readily reject.

What we have decided to call surveillance is actually a constant interplay of various forms of monitoring that have existed and focused on black people, and specifically black women, long before cameras were around, let alone ubiquitous. Surveillance technology is a dissemination of cultural standards of monitoring. Our picture of surveillance needs to factor in not just tech developments, but the cultural standards that have bred surveillance, especially towards black culture, as part and parcel in our world.
surveillance  privacy  racism  lawenforcement 
8 weeks ago by campylobacter
How London became a test case for using facial recognition in democracies | Financial Times
Increasingly, the lines are blurring between the use of facial recognition technology by private firms and the public sector. Surveillance camera systems in public places are operated by the private sector, who give law enforcement free access to their footage.
facialrecognition  policing  UK  law  lawenforcement  biometrics  democracy  example 
11 weeks ago by corrickwales

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