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  • Facial Recognition Imagery Used at a Music Festival [#geekgirl]

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    [Image Credit:]

    [From this article at] ‘Slides provided to me by the Dig‘s Chris Faraone show how the system was meant to work, with the software capable of distinguishing people by such characteristics as baldness, eyeglasses, skin tone, torso texture, and beards which, considering this was an indie rock concert may have overloaded their servers. The data would then be transmitted to a hub, where city representatives, Boston Police, and IBM support staff could watch in real time, all while simultaneously monitoring social media key words related to the event. The purpose, ostensibly, was being able to pick up on suspicious activity as it was happening, for example “alerting when a person loiters near a doorway as they would if trying to gain entrance,” the slides explain, or alerting of “attempts to climb perimeter barricade,” or an “abandoned object near barricade.”

    These seem like worthwhile things to be on the lookout for, but among the capabilities was one that seems particularly egregious and questionably necessary: “Face Capture of every person who approaches the door.”’

  • Why MetaData Matters [#geekgirl]


  • “Abbott says Australians’ web browsing history to be retained…” [#geekgirl]

    [From this ZDNet article] “Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said web browsing history for each and every Australian resident would be required to be retained by telecommunications companies under new data retention legislation expected to be entered into parliament later this year.

    Yesterday the prime minister and Attorney-General George Brandis said that in principle approval had been given by Cabinet for Brandis to develop a framework to require telecommunications companies to retain customer data for up to two years.”

  • “…Jammer Coat makes you utterly untrackable…” [#geekgirl]

    [Image via Fast Company]

    [Image via Fast Company]

    [Via this Fast Company article] “Vienna-based architectural design firm Coop Himmelblau has come up with a CHBL Jammer Coat that lets you disappear, sort of. Unlike wearable tech like Google Glass, meant to better connect you to the world, the Jammer Coat makes you utterly untrackable.

    Created for curator Alessandro Guerriero’s “Abiti da lavoro” exhibit (“work clothes”) the “metallized” fabric blocks radio waves and tracking devices so you can be incognito–minus the giant black-and-white coat. (Caveat: No one can access your credit card info and your mobile devices, but that means neither can you.)”


  • “Edward #Snowden and ACLU at #SXSW” [#geekgirl]

    Edward Snowden appearing at SXSW through 7 proxies…

  • Mass surveillance and the global website blackout [#geekgirl]

    “Senator Scott Ludlam asks the Attorney General about mass surveillance on the day the Australian Greens joined the global website blackout to support the growing campaign against indiscriminate government surveillance. #thedaywefightback – the answer was something to behold.”

  • #PRISOM: “This is [a] most ambitious work…” [#geekgirl]

    Play #PRISOM Now!

    Play #PRISOM Now!

    “Thanks to #PRISOM, I am now successfully indoctrinated and prepared for the total loss of my civil and personal rights and a life of continual subservience. Seriously, this took a bit of navigation…but the payoff is definitely worth it. The environment is easy to get into, especially with the supporting audio, and once I got into the hang of what I was supposed to do, and where to find the test stations, all went smoothly. I was actually entranced by the whole experience, and felt that I just HAD to get to the end. This is [a] most ambitious work…with a piece that delivers a political message within the framework of a game that is actually no game at all – it’s the serious business of where do we all go from here. Nice work. I hope this converts some minds. It should do.” – Alan Bigelow

  • “Facebook-fooling shirts to foil auto-tagging” [#geekgirl]

    [Via Boing-Boing] “Simone C. Niquille’s REALFACE Glamoflage shirts are designed to confound Facebook’s face-recognition software by covering you in famous faces when you venture into public. The project was sparked by a(nother) privacy-undermining Facebook terms-of-service change, this one allowing the company to auto-tag the people in the photos you upload.”

    [Image via @Boing Boing]

    [Image via @Boing Boing]

  • #PRISOM: A Synthetic Reality Game Exhibited at ISMAR2013 [#geekgirl]

    [From the 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) Website] “In recent years, mixed and augmented reality has been expanding from an exciting research field into a commercially viable technology. The field is highly interdisciplinary, combining work in diverse disciplines, ranging from human centered research into user interfaces, interaction techniques, education, design, human factors, wearable computing and mobile computing, through more technology oriented research including computer graphics, display technology, computer vision, sensors, signal processing and computer networking. The growing interest in mixed and augmented reality applications is creating new challenges for research in all of these areas. The conference tracks are: The Science & Technology (S&T) program The Arts, Media and Humanities (AMH) program…”

    ["#PRISOM is a Synthetic Reality Game where a player is set loose in a Glass City under infinite surveillance. Will you be brave enough to enter?"]

    [From the MARart4 Exhibition/Transreal Topologies Exhibition Website] “Transreal Topologies Exhibition October 1st-5th 2013, The Royal Institute Australia and Centenary Building @ UniSA. Official Opening With Artist Talks @ RIAus from 6pm on October 1st. Transreal Topologies will be held in conjunction with The International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality. The exhibition explores the field of mixed and augmented reality art (MARart), presenting a range of transdisciplinary artworks that are contributing to the development of a unique language for MARart, as both a medium and an area of inquiry. The exhibition focuses on modes of representation that deal with the augmentation of data, beyond traditional surfaces, in order to merge notions virtual and real in regards to objects, data and identity…

    These works have been endorsed by an international selection panel, under the curation of Julian Stadon. This is the inaugural exhibition organised by the Mixed and Augmented Reality Art Research Organisation (

    Artists: Tracey Benson, Mez Breeze/Andy Campbell, Andrew Burrell, Mar Canet/Varvara Guljajeva, Joshua Hagler, Damian Hills, Troy Innocent, Pierre Proske, Jorge Ramirez, Paul Thomas/Kevin Raxworthy. Curated/Organised by Julian Stadon.”

  • “Vic Council Intercepted Phone, Emails to Hunt Litterbugs…” [#wtf] [#geekgirl]

    Secure Business Magazine reports that: “Victoria’s Wyndham council has gone to the extraordinary length of intercepting residents’ mobile phone and email data 31 times in the past three years to catch “litterbugs and owners of unregistered pets”.

    The Wyndam Weekly revealed the council was the only in the state to monitor resident’s phone and email data, according to figures from the Attorney General’s Department.

    The metadata interceptions were made from 2010 to 2012.”