On October 22, the French junior minister for digital transition and electronic communication, Cedric O, and the French prime minister, Jean Castex (rear) announcing the changeover of several departments to ‘maximum alert’, new curfew measures, and the new app ‘Tous Anti Covid’.
In the current pandemic, finding the right balance between the protection of public health and respecting civil liberties has proven to be supremely difficult.
The federal government has used military-grade border patrol drones like this one to monitor protests in US cities.
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Avoiding drones’ prying eyes can be as complicated as donning a high-tech hoodie and as simple as ducking under a tree.
The COVIDSafe app hasn’t come out of nowhere. The promises of ‘smart city’ data collection may be seductive, but we must always weigh up what we’re being asked to give up in return.
The more we use facial recognition, the more we see its limits and its risks.
Amazon says it has considered adding facial recognition technology to its Ring doorbell cameras. Some politicians are concerned Ring’s video-sharing partnerships with police departments encroach on people’s privacy and civil liberties.
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Amazon says it’s the “new neighbourhood watch” but Ring may just be another technology that gives police too much data and lets neighbourhoods double down on their biases.
A photograph taken by Stasi operatives of suspected defectors at an abandoned restaurant in Kreuzberg, Berlin, in 1962.
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30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, covert surveillance images offer us an unparalleled look at the lives of people trying to escape from the east to the west.
Surveillance software that identifies people from CCTV is eroding human rights and democracy.
The Northern Territory government is expanding the CCTV surveillance network.
Darwin is one of the aspiring ‘smart cities’ that is adopting Chinese technology that can identify and track individuals. Add changes in Australian law, and we have the makings of a surveillance state.
Technology can significantly improve governments’ surveillance abilities.
Even governments in democracies with strong traditions of rule of law find themselves tempted to abuse these new abilities.
A SenseTime artificial intelligence system monitors an intersection in China.
AI can help make government more efficient – but at what cost? Citizens’ lives could be better or worse, based on how the technology is used.
Cairns has an extensive CCTV network, which as well as keeping homeless people under surveillance is sometimes used to help them.
Surveillance often results in people who are homeless being the target of enforcement measures. But a new study in Cairns shows surveillance can also be used to achieve more positive social outcomes.
Far from setting us free, autonomous vehicles are set to enable new forms of surveillance and oppression.
The UK government has blurred the line by failing to adequately safeguard human rights with its investigatory powers law.
The government’s Snoopers’ Charter didn’t permit blanket indiscriminate data retention, the Court of Appeal recently ruled. I strongly disagree.
Who is a terrorist?
A scholar asks: If two acts of violence kill similar numbers of people, have similar effects on victims and communities, and spread fear and terror, should they not be seen as equally abhorrent?
Who’s collecting your data, and what are they using your data for?
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What governments and companies think they know about us – whether or not it’s accurate – has real power over our actual lives.
UK politicians are planning very different approaches to data privacy, security and surveillance.
A scene in the Bronx curated from Google Street View.
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In the 10 years since Google Street View launched, the platform has provided ample fodder for artists, who have used it to comment on surveillance, poverty and gentrification.
Is someone watching while you work?
Yes, Big Brother is almost definitely watching. Here, five tips for researchers on keeping you and your sources safe.
Mapping a face is the starting point.
Computers are getting better at identifying people’s faces, and while that can be helpful as well as worrisome. To properly understand the legal and privacy ramifications, we need to know how facial recognition technology works.
After more than 20 years and millions of cameras, UK’s first attempt to regulate CCTV cameras may be too little too late.