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Nest’s Secret Microphone, YouTube and the Pollyanish Assumption — Again, Pinterest and Anti-Vaxxers (Stratechery Daily Update 2-21-2019)
The recommendation works hand-in-hand with search which — as you would expect given its parent company — YouTube is very good at. Individuals that want disturbing content can find what they’re looking for, and then, in the name of engagement and pushing up those viewing numbers, YouTube gives them more.
This should expose the obvious flaw in YouTube’s current reporting-based policing strategy: the nature of search and recommendation algorithms is such that most YouTube viewers, who would be rightly concerned and outraged about videos of child exploitation, never even see the videos that need to be reported. In other words, YouTube’s design makes its attempt to leverage the Internet broadly as moderator doomed to fail.
adtech  Surveillance  video 
1 hour ago by seatrout
Real-time insights from streets

Numina is a deploy-anywhere sensor solution that gives cities unprecedented traffic data.
smart_cities  surveillance  sensors  big_data 
10 hours ago by shannon_mattern
Life after reconciliation: East Ghoutans who stayed behind grapple with delayed settlement papers, disappearances - Syria Direct, Jan 24, 2019
Yet some four months after the grace period ended, many of those who filed their taswiyye papers are still waiting to hear a response from Damascus, unsure of whether they’ve been welcomed back into the “nation’s embrace” or are now wanted by the state.

“Everyone did their taswiyye,” a-Shami says, including himself and his family. “[And] we were supposed to get documents back by the end of the six-month deadline.”

But even now, months after the grace period ended, a-Shami has yet to receive any word from the government—let alone any form of paperwork from the reconciliation committees. As a result, his family is essentially trapped in East Ghouta. While he can pass through local checkpoints within the former rebel pocket, he can’t travel to nearby Damascus. Without that paperwork, he is constantly at risk of being detained.

“There’s nothing happening right now,” al-Shami tells Syria Direct, adding that no one even knows who to ask about the process.

“If it’s an electricity issue, or a problem with services, you go to the municipality. But who do you ask when it’s a security issue?”

“It’s not clear,” a-Shami adds. “Nobody knows anything.”

“There are a lot of people coming from the south to the north,” a-Thaer says. Some of those smuggled northwards come from East Ghouta, while even more come from Syria’s Daraa province, where residents are also expected to reconcile with Damascus after the government captured the province last summer.
Damascus  fear  tasweiye  smuggling  Mar15  surveillance  arrest 
14 hours ago by elizrael
NATO Group Catfished Soldiers to Prove a Point About Privacy | WIRED
"We need to put more pressure on social media," Bay says, "to address these vulnerabilities that can be used for the detriment of national security for individuals and for society as a whole."
military  nato  europe  socialmedia  security  surveillance  war  attention  data  privacy 
19 hours ago by allaboutgeorge
On YouTube, a network of paedophiles is hiding in plain sight
Videos of children showing their exposed buttocks, underwear and genitals are racking up millions of views on YouTube – with the site displaying advertising from major cosmetics and car brands alongside the content.
Comments beneath scores of videos appear to show paedophiles sharing timestamps for parts of the videos where exposed genitals can be seen, or when a child does the splits or lifts up their top to show their nipples. Some of the children in the videos, most of whom are girls, appear to be as young as five. Many of the videos have hundreds of thousands, if not millions of views, with hundreds of comments.
The videos are also being monetised by YouTube, including pre-roll adverts from Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Fortnite, Grammarly, L’Oreal, Maybelline, Metro: Exodus, Peloton and Banner advertising for Google and the World Business Forum also appeared alongside some of the videos. As well as providing YouTube with our research, we contacted the advertisers to alert them to the issue.
adtech  Surveillance  video 
22 hours ago by seatrout
Zittrain and Zuckerberg discuss encryption, ‘information fiduciaries’ and targeted ads • Harvard Law
<p>“The idea of us having a fiduciary relationship with the people who use our services is intuitive,” said Zuckerberg [interviewed by Jonathan Zittrain].  “[Facebook’s] own self-image of ourselves and what we’re doing is that we’re acting as fiduciaries and trying to build services for people. … Where this gets interesting is who gets to decide in the legal sense, or in the policy sense, of what’s in people’s best interest.”

The conversation segued into another topic area involving competing sets of interests: the use of end-to-end message encryption to make private communications inaccessible to eavesdroppers. End-to-end encryption has come under criticism for making it difficult in some cases for law enforcement agents (with the proper warrants) to access evidence locked up on devices. Zittrain raised the possibility that governments not embracing the rule of law might use their legal and technical capabilities to peek into unencrypted private communications at will. “The modern surveillance states of note in the world have a lot of arrows in their quivers… they’ve got a plan B, a plan C, and a plan D,” he said.

Zuckerberg said he is inclined to implement more end-to-end encryption. “I basically think that if you want to talk in metaphors, messaging is like people’s living room, and we definitely don’t want a society where there’s a camera in everyone’s living room,” he said.

Zittrain pointed out that people are happily installing Facebook’s own smart camera–the Portal–in their living rooms. Zuckerberg laughed. “That is I guess… yeah. Though that would be encrypted.”</p>
Zuckerberg  facebook  surveillance 
22 hours ago by charlesarthur
Using DNA Databases To Find Your Distant Relatives? So Is The FBI.
People of European ancestry are more likely to be identified through the data, Erlich said, since the home testing kits have so far been more popular among whites than minorities in the US // ironic
privacy  genes  database  ironic  surveillance 
yesterday by yorksranter
Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret'
"Even if Google included the microphone in its Nest Guard device for future updates – like its Assistant integration – the news comes as consumers have grown increasingly wary of major tech companies and their commitment to consumer privacy."
nest  example  google  surveillance  voice  security  privacy  dataprotection  culture 
yesterday by corrickwales
Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state
SenseNets, NetPosa
(also note that nobody is immune from leaving mongo instances public)
china  surveillance  authoritarianism  2019  article 
yesterday by mechazoidal
Kent Traffic Information
Use this interactive map to find traffic incidents, congestion, road closures and view CCTV cameras.
travel  regions  roadworks  traffic  restrictions  closures  diversions  interactive  maps  surveillance  camera  kent 
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