Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick is associate professor at University of San Diego & University of Nottingham, whose work focuses on social change as it relates to society, politics, and technology.
It was nine o’clock in the evening and I was on the curb with a Hungarian police officer, who was asking for identification. Specifically, he was asking to see the papers of my graduate student, Tautvydas Juskauskas. In a former life, Tautis was a levelheaded lobbyist in his native Lithuania. In a future life, he would work for the world’s largest drone manufacturer and later lead drone operations in Malawi for the…
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With protests raging, police violence surging, the pandemic simmering, and the president fanning the flames, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week defended his laissez-faire approach to online speech — and, in particular, to inflammatory posts by President Trump — in a 25,000-person video call with the company’s suddenly restive employees. “The net impact of the different things that we’re doing in the world is positive,” he reassured them, “even if every decision doesn’t go in the way that everyone wants.”
After the May 25 murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer was recorded and streamed on Facebook, protests against police brutality erupted across the city.
Following days of demonstrations last week, Minneapolis police and the Minnesota State Patrol arrested dozens of protesters. On May 30, in a televised press conference that was also broadcast on Twitter, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said that law enforcement had begun “contact tracing” those taken into custody.
“We’ve begun making arrests,” Harrington said. “We’ve begun analyzing the data of who we’ve arrested. We’ve begun doing, almost similar to our…
On Tuesday nights, Glen Livingston normally walks from his home in New York City’s South Bronx neighborhood to his 11 p.m. shift as a supervisor at a homeless shelter in East Harlem. It’s a trip the 34-year-old Bronx native has been making for years. But when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a citywide curfew earlier this week in response to protests over the murder of George Floyd, Livingston’s usual late-night walk suddenly became a potential crime.
He decided to take an Uber, but there were none to be had. Along with other ride-hailing services across the city…
As protests engulf the country following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police, law enforcement agencies with extensive facial recognition capabilities are now asking the public for footage of activists.
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Rhys Washington had just joined a crowd of protesters in La Mesa, California, when he heard a loud bang. “I went there, and immediately after I got there, there was a tear gas canister deployed, maybe five or 10 seconds after I got there,” he tells OneZero.
More than ever, it seems, people are mindful of how sharing and disseminating images can lead to their identification and prosecution of protesters by law enforcement. In an increasing number of these photos, participants are being digitally anonymized, with their faces, shoes, and clothing logos all blurred out.
But blurring images or otherwise obscuring the subject of a photograph may not always be enough to avoid detection, particularly if a smartphone with the unedited photos is seized by law enforcement. Original images come with metadata that may contain timestamps and location information related to when and where the photo was…
Many protesters likely assume that unless they’re arrested, they can exercise their right to protest while keeping their identities private. And they’re wrong.
With the rise of A.I.-driven facial recognition databases from companies like Clearview AI, government agencies across the nation have tools available to rapidly and easily identify anyone participating in a protest using only their photo.
If you’ve attended a protest this weekend — or really any public event over the last several years — you could potentially be identified by name using only an image of your face.
Last week, images of MAGA-hat wearing protestors, unmasked and tightly packed together on street corners, ricocheted across the internet. Their red-white-and-blue signs, reminiscent of Tea Party rallies 10 years ago, called for an end to government quarantine orders and reopening the economy. Despite his own administration’s social distancing guidance, President Trump tweeted his support. Depending on your politics — and perhaps your trust in epidemiologists — the attendees were either brave freedom-fighters resisting government overreach or reckless ideologues, risking public health to produce a moment of media spectacle.
On Monday, Recode reported that Facebook, after consulting with state governments, had…
Stories about working conditions in Amazon’s warehouses — and efforts by Amazon’s warehouse workers to change those conditions — stretch back nearly a decade. But like other systemic crises, Amazon workers’ fight for dignity and safer jobs has been greatly amplified by the coronavirus pandemic. With a rising count of warehouse workers confirmed infected with the coronavirus—at least 153 cases across 65 warehouses worldwide—and nine walkouts and shutdowns around the world, the urgency of this fight has become far more evident.