Published on 13 Jun 2019
Published on 13 Jun 2019
May 21st, 2019
The dystopian future George Orwell warned us all about in his iconic novel, 1984 has quickly become our reality. Widespread facial surveillance in the “land of the free” is an “imminent reality.”
A tech privacy report, that has been swept under the rug by the mainstream media has declared that Americans are about to live through the very world Orwell wrote of. Georgetown researchers are warning Americans about a sophisticated real-time face surveillance system that’s about to become an “imminent reality” for millions of citizens across the country. Ground zero, though, appears to be Detroit.
The “America Under Watch” report is a warning that authorities in select U.S. cities may soon be able to pick you out from a crowd, identify you, and trace your movements via a secret network of cameras constantly capturing images of your face. Mass surveillance of every single human being living in the U.S. has become a nightmarish dystopian reality.
DataWorks says it offers software which “provides continuous screening and monitoring of live video streams.” The system is also designed to operate on “not less than 100 concurrent video feeds.”
According to the research team’s report, live footage is captured by cameras installed around Detroit as part of Project Green Light, a public-private initiative to deter crime (and violate the privacy rights of everyone) which launched in 2016. The expanse of the police department’s facial recognition policy last summer, however, means the face recognition technology can now be connected to any live video, including security cameras, drone footage, and body-worn cams.
You’ve been warned. This technology will not remain limited to Detroit. Illinois, meanwhile, is home to one of the most advanced biometric surveillance systems in the country. The report added that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the Chicago Transit Authority have had face surveillance capabilities since “at least 2016.”
Similar facial surveillance is now also, apparently on the horizon for other large cities, including New York City, Orlando, and Washington D.C. Oddly enough, San Francisco, known for its authoritarian control of the public, became the first US city to ban facial recognition software used by police and other municipal agencies last week.
This report has prompted the authors, Clare Garvie, and Laura M. Moy, to call for a “complete moratorium on police use of face recognition” to give communities a chance to decide whether they always want to be monitored in their streets and neighborhoods.
The American mainstream media is also doing their “due diligence” by hiding this report and it’s obvious why they have done so. The U.S. could very soon resemble communist China with the citizens having no rights and limited ability to even ask the government for permission, while the government does whatever they want with the power willingly handed to them by the ignorant masses.
The ‘America Under Watch’ report is a warning that authorities in select US cities may soon be able to pick you out from a crowd, identify you, and trace your movements via a secret network of cameras constantly capturing images of your face.
The report claims both Detroit and Chicago purchased software from a South Carolina company, DataWorks Plus, that gives police the ability to scan live video from cameras located at businesses, health clinics, schools, and apartment buildings. Both cities say they are not currently using the technology.
DataWorks says it provides software which “provides continuous screening and monitoring of live video streams.” The system is also designed to operate on “not less than 100 concurrent video feeds.”
According to the research team’s report, live footage is captured by cameras installed around Detroit as part of Project Green Light, a public-private initiative to deter crime which launched in 2016. The expanse of the police department’s facial recognition policy last summer, however, means the face recognition technology can now be connected to any live video, including security cameras, drone footage, and body-worn cams.
Green Light Detroit@D_GreenLightRT @copystar: “Detroit’s real-time face surveillance is designed to operate together with a program called Project Green Light Detroit, an initiative launched in January 2016 that has dramatically expanded the city’s network of surveillance cameras” …
Illinois, meanwhile, is host to one of the most advanced biometric surveillance systems in the country, the report claims, adding that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the Chicago Transit Authority have had face surveillance capabilities since “at least 2016.”
Similar face surveillance is also apparently on the horizon for NYC, Orlando, and DC.
The report authors, Clare Garvie and Laura M. Moy, are now calling for a “complete moratorium on police use of face recognition” to give communities a chance to decide whether they want to be monitored in their streets and neighborhoods.
Last week, San Francisco became the first US city to ban facial recognition software used by police and other municipal agencies.
Police in London conducted a public street trial with facial recognition cameras. A man who covered his face as he walked by the cameras was stopped by officers, forced to submit to being photographed, and then arrested on a charge of public disorder after complaining loudly. The segment starts at 3:35 in the embedded BBC video; here’s more coverage from The Independent:
The Independent revealed that more than £200,000 was spent on six deployments that resulted in no arrests between August 2016 and July last year. Two people wanted for violent offences were arrested after a trial in December.
Critics have called the force’s use of facial recognition a “shambles” and accused Scotland Yard of wasting public money … The Metropolitan Police has described the deployments as “overt” and said members of the public were informed facial recognition was being used by posters and leaflets. But no one questioned by The Independent after they passed through a scanning zone in central London in December had seen police publicity material, and campaigners claim the technology is being rolled out “by stealth”.
I can barely believe the motto of the Metropolitan Police is ‘TOTAL POLICING’. Horseshoe theory is a limiting view of politics, but it is amazing how we get to the terminology of comic-book villainy by other means.
The jobsworth “for your own protection” attitude of British cops is incredibly annoying, albeit less annoying than getting executed in the street by American ones. The real danger, though, lurks in how the cops dance their way between that nonsense and, as one plain-clothes officer puts it, “covering your face is grounds for reasonable suspicion.” When authorities pick and choose rationalizations depending on the audience, the true answer is a secret.
Facebook is planning to announce a new home assistant device called “Portal” with a controversial facial recognition camera, Cheddar reported.
This is significant because not even Amazon’s Echo or Google’s own Smart Home device has a facial recognition camera built in.
Recently embroiled in scandals the past few months, Facebook has been facing blowback from allowing its users’ data to be shared with political consultation firm Cambridge Analytica and other firms like it.
Shockingly, Facebook further admitted other privacy violations when they said in April that it scans its users’ photos and links posted on the social media giant and will review text you send if something is flagged.
Despite this, Facebook plans on introducing a video chat on Portal that will use facial recognition to tag users and follow them around the room.
Although, according to the report, the device will have a privacy shutter to disable the camera’s tracking; but the facial recognition camera may just be the biggest mistake for the company.
Recent polls in the United States have shown that Americans don’t trust Facebook to protect their personal information, so why would they trust them with a facial recognition camera?
Portal is expected to come in two variants: small and large screen sizes for $300 and $400 respectively, according to the report.
This comes as more and more facial recognition cameras are being pushed into society, with Amazon helping law enforcement with its Facial Rekogntion software, DHS wanting to use it for border control, and the Olympics wanting to use the tech for security.
An incredibly worrying trend is taking place.
Even retail is pushing for the technology as an anti-theft mechanism to be introduced in a number of stores using biometric facial recognition software FaceFirst to build a database of shoplifters, as Activist Post reported.
We are entering the Minority Report; there is no going back after this technology is public and citizens are indoctrinated that it’s “for their safety.”
At that point, we are officially trading liberty and privacy for security. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
However, there are key problems with the technology mismatching faces. As an example recently, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California tested Amazon’s facial Rekognition software and the program erroneously and hilariously identified 28 members of Congress as people who have been arrested for crimes. But that’s far from the only instance where the technology has failed to correctly identify a person.
Facebook’s Portal will further the agenda by pushing this flawed technology into the public for wide-scale acceptance. One has to wonder if Facebook would then work with law enforcement to identify individuals. It’s a known fact that Facebook has handed data to governments worldwide.
It’s a scary prospect allowing a company that originally had money flowing in from the CIA’s venture capital arm, In-Q-Tel, to put facial recognition and a direct audio/video device in one’s home.
Even if they don’t help law enforcement or intelligence agencies they will abuse the technology. This reminds me of the time former CIA Director David Petraeus said: “we will spy on you through your dishwasher.”
Former U.S. director of national intelligence James Clapper reiterated that statement in 2016 when he said:
In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials.
While this isn’t a dishwasher, it’s an IoT (Internet Of Things) device. The prospect is the same: abusing a voice-activated device to record audio and spy. Having access to a voice device or camera is one thing, but being able to have facial recognition is a different story.
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Everywhere you turn politicians and corporations are trying to convince the public we need to convert our cities into ‘smart cities’.
“Nvidia has partnered with AI developer AnyVision to create facial recognition technology for ‘smart cities’ around the world. The two companies will work to install automatic facial recognition into CCTV (closed-circuit television) surveillance cameras”.
AnyVision is an Israel-based company that profits from spying on everyone.
Five months ago, I warned everyone that Nvidia also wants to turn police vehicles into 360 degree facial recognition platforms.
Facial recognition cameras are being used to spy on everyone.
Facial recognition cameras identify marathon runners in real-time
AnyVision claims their facial recognition technology can detect, track and recognize any person of interest with more than 99% accuracy. Their video also claims they can identify marathon runners in real-time.
Soon nowhere will be safe from law enforcement’s prying eyes.
Nearly a year ago, I warned everyone that ‘smart cities’ are being run by the CIA, DHS and the NDOT.
But it gets worse; law enforcement is using private companies to do an end-run around our Bill of Rights.
Don’t be fooled, ‘smart cities’ are really just a euphemism for total control.