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Yes, your read the word correctly-it is "Rekognition" - a creation of the behemoth tech company, Amazon. Their label for one of their most insidious new 'programs' we, our children and grandchildren, will all become part of without ever having signed a consent agreement or release of information waiver.
"Amazon has developed a powerful cloud-based facial recognition system called “Rekognition”, which has major implications for privacy. Total surveillance systems were pioneered in Tibet, and then perfected in Xinjiang. With Rekognition, a government can now build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone. If school officials load a student’s photo into the system, they can track where and when the student moved around in the school in the past 60 days. They can see who the student talked to and where the student went during class hours." www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2018/05/in-chinas-footsteps-amazon-and-us-schools-normalize-automatic-facial-recognition-and-constant-surveillance/
Amazon doesn't stop there, they just acquired/bought 'Ring', a camera in doorbells company. As one patent litigator warned recently: "It’s rare for patent applications to lay out, in such nightmarish detail, the world a company wants to bring about. Amazon is dreaming of a dangerous future, with its technology at the center of a massive decentralized surveillance network, running real-time facial recognition on members of the public using cameras installed in people’s doorbells. Imagine if a neighborhood was set up with these doorbell cameras. Simply walking up to a friend’s house could result in your face, your fingerprint, or your voice being flagged as “suspicious” and delivered to a government database without your knowledge or consent. With Amazon selling the devices, operating the servers, and pushing the technology on law enforcement, the company is building all the pieces of a surveillance network, reaching from the government all the way to our front doors." www.aclu.org/blog/privacy-technology/surveillance-technologies/amazons-disturbing-plan-add-face-surveillance-yo-0
The Program on Government Oversight (POGO) has put forth recommendations for sensible restrictions on private companies and law enforcement agency surveillance methods such as 'Ring' and 'ReKognition'. San Francisco was the first city last week to ban the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement.
“The ordinance requires city departments to disclose any surveillance technologies they currently use or plan to use, and to spell out policies regarding them that the Board of Supervisors must then approve. The ban does not affect personal, business or federal government use of facial recognition technology." Therein lie the loopholes however. Schools, stores, casinos, clubs, airports, private businesses and individuals are still not "banned" and the data and metadata collected can still be channeled and stored by governments. reason.com/2019/03/08/preventing-government-facial-recognition/
The Chinese government boasts the fastest, most accurate and predictive surveillance technology in the world. They cite the Dragonfly Eye as one of the reasons for their success. Never forget the US company Google, supplied China and the Gulf Arab States with this technology originally. Their personnel within China have simply "enhanced" the capabilities and connected to global databases. Think Minority Report and the possible misuses of this technology as our future if we don't at least pause and consider the consequences of a prison planet-like surveillance grid. "In 2017, it was reported on CCTV that the “Skynet” project had been completed, bringing into being the largest video-surveillance network in the world. By that year, China’s network included 176 million surveillance cameras, and there were plans to increase this number to a staggering 626 million by the decade’s close. The network’s many AI-equipped cameras monitor the gender, clothing, and height of passersby, transforming the information captured on screen into data".
Voice-recognition software is also increasingly used around China to identify speakers in phone calls. Compulsory DNA collection is required for many jobs, education institutions and for health care. Chinese authorities have begun using obligatory health checks to obtain residents’ DNA and other identifying information to bundle in a data collection profile for each citizen. "Dataveillance".
In 2017, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) launched pilot programs with iFlytek aimed at automatically detecting particular voices when these are picked up over the phone. A new generation of digital technology, including AI, will empower the state to identify and quash opposition in advance by combining clues from its many channels of mass information collection. In short, China is well on its way to building the world’s first “responsive tyranny,” perhaps even a digital totalitarian state. Although this may be a dream come true for a dictator hoping to exert maximum control over his society, it is a nightmare for Chinese citizens and for those all over the world who value human freedom." www.journalofdemocracy.org/articles/the-road-to-digital-unfreedom-president-xis-surveillance-state/
People have already changed their behavior and developed masks upon masks. Inauthenticity is accepted as a social norm. Pity the children who never truly know who they are apart from who their parents and teachers "post" them to be to the wider society, and their government catalogues and profiles them to be, according to their metadata bundles gleaned from dataveillance. www.cnbc.com/2019/05/16/this-chinese-facial-recognition-start-up-can-id-a-person-in-seconds.html
My short and simple message this week is....resist. While it may seem easy, even comfortable to let all your transactions, photos, texts, cyber transmitted thoughts, phone/skype conversations and 'alexa' spyware be 'harvested', collected by impersonal data companies and funneled through to government databases which implement AI (artificial 'intelligence'); Mix It Up. Randomize your clicks and be 'unpredictable'. You can do this easily by not following "suggested video" or articles posted up on the side of youtube. You can search diverse titles on amazon.com, if you still use google, do the same. "Search" for topics completely unrelated to your usual 'interest'. You might learn something new in the process. Scan articles directed at different age groups and genders just for fun. Click on videos and reports in different languages. Try different browsers such as "Brave" and DuckDuckGo. Always delete your browsing histories. Use more than one email from more than one email provider. Don't make it easy for the robots.
If you have children and/or grandchildren. Protect their privacy! Don't burden them with helping companies and governments create a 'profile' on them before they are even ten years old. Shield them as you would protect them from running into the street or highway-keep them off the internet highway, too. Be vigilant for them. Make sure no one is "tagging" your children. Communicate your priority for their privacy to your entire family, friends and schools. Do not sign 'blanket waivers' for consent for your children to be used in media. These are steps to start to reclaim your/their privacy and their authenticity.
Keep it real. Recognize creeping tyranny in all it's forms. Freedom needs continual vigilance.
For this week I include a song entitled: "Love in A Time of Surveillance" and the site for someone who describes himself as a "Pen-tacular-Artist" Mr. Raj Singh Tattal. I inserted a copy of one of his works at the beginning of this post. pentacularartist.wixsite.com/pentacularartist/about-me
Let me know what you truly think.
From Springtime in Washington, D.C. Take care of you and yours,
Listen to/watch: "Love in A Time of Surveillance" www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEAqLf8-_Es