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Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology - The Verge
Predictive policing technology has proven highly controversial wherever it is implemented, but in New Orleans, the program escaped public notice, partly because Palantir established it as a philanthropic relationship with the city through Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s signature NOLA For Life program. Thanks to its philanthropic status, as well as New Orleans’ “strong mayor” model of government, the agreement never passed through a public procurement process.

In fact, key city council members and attorneys contacted by The Verge had no idea that the city had any sort of relationship with Palantir, nor were they aware that Palantir used its program in New Orleans to market its services to another law enforcement agency for a multimillion-dollar contract.

Even James Carville, the political operative instrumental in bringing about Palantir’s collaboration with NOPD, said that the program was not public knowledge. “No one in New Orleans even knows about this, to my knowledge,” Carville said.
palantir  creepy  surveillance  crime  forecasting  precrime  new-orleans  us-politics  privacy 
7 weeks ago by jm
creepy fake motion-detector cameras in AirBnBs
Jason Scott on Twitter: "In "oh, that's a thing now" news, a colleague of mine thought it odd that there was a single "motion detector" in his AirBNB in the bedroom and voila, it's an IP camera connected to the web. (He left at 3am, reported, host is suspended, colleague got refund.)"
airbnb  motion-detectors  cameras  surveillance  creepy  privacy 
november 2017 by jm
How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met
Oh god this is so creepy.
Facebook’s machinery operates on a scale far beyond normal human interactions. And the results of its People You May Know algorithm are anything but obvious. In the months I’ve been writing about PYMK, as Facebook calls it, I’ve heard more than a hundred bewildering anecdotes:

A man who years ago donated sperm to a couple, secretly, so they could have a child—only to have Facebook recommend the child as a person he should know. He still knows the couple but is not friends with them on Facebook.
A social worker whose client called her by her nickname on their second visit, because she’d shown up in his People You May Know, despite their not having exchanged contact information.
A woman whose father left her family when she was six years old—and saw his then-mistress suggested to her as a Facebook friend 40 years later.
An attorney who wrote: “I deleted Facebook after it recommended as PYMK a man who was defense counsel on one of my cases. We had only communicated through my work email, which is not connected to my Facebook, which convinced me Facebook was scanning my work email.”
facebook  privacy  surveillance  security  creepy  phones  contacts  pymk 
november 2017 by jm
IBM's creepy AI cyberstalking plans
'let's say that you tweet that you've gotten a job offer to move to San Francisco. Using IBM's linguistic analysis technologies, your bank would analyze your Twitter feed and not only tailor services it could offer you ahead of the move--for example, helping you move your account to another branch, or offering you a loan for a new house -- but also judge your psychological profile based upon the tone of your messages about the move, giving advice to your bank's representatives about the best way to contact you.'


Ugh. Here's hoping they've patented this shit so we don't actually have to suffer through it. Creeeepy. (via Adam Shostack)
datamining  ai  ibm  stupid-ideas  creepy  stalking  twitter  via:adamshostack 
february 2014 by jm
Police may block recording with Apple patent
Creeptastic, Apple.
Apple has patented a piece of technology which would allow government and police to block transmission of information, including video and photographs, from any public gathering or venue they deem “sensitive”, and “protected from externalities.” In other words, these powers will have control over what can and cannot be documented on wireless devices during any public event. And while the company says the affected sites are to be mostly cinemas, theaters, concert grounds and similar locations, Apple Inc. also says “covert police or government operations may require complete ‘blackout’ conditions.”
apple  iphone  via:devore  creepy  police  photos  recording  remote-control  phones  blackout 
august 2013 by jm

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