Tag Archives: Surveillance

Sad news from New York City, New York

The autoimmune/inflammatory Kawasaki-like disorder associated with covid-19 infection in children which I have written about in some previous blog posts, now named pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome (PMIS), has claimed a number of young lives in New York. Given that covid-19 has been allowed to run out of control in the USA, hitting the densely populated and in parts poverty-stricken New York hard, and the state of New York has a governor who doesn’t sugar-coat or cover-up the truth about covid, it makes sense that this is a place where the real and deadly character of covid-19 infection in children and adults has been identified and documented. The UK is another “advanced” country in which covid-19 has been allowed to run out of control, and a press report from last month hinted at a cover-up of child patient deaths from PMIS.

These documented covid/PMIS deaths in young children and at least one teen raises the question of how many kids in other countries, including Australia and the UK, are infected with covid-19 or are even sick with PMIS but haven’t been correctly diagnosed and are potentially infectious? It looks like this has been happening in Australia. Are children dying of covid-19 or its complications, in “advanced” countries, without ever being identified as covid-19 cases? It now appears that there is no established scientific consensus about whether or not kids are less infectious than adults due to a lower viral load of covid-19, so every case of covid-19 in a child should be assumed to have the potential to spark a cluster that could kill. There seems to be a false-negative problem with covid-19 tests in children, even in countries with supposedly advanced medical systems. So why are some Australian states allowing schools to open in the absence of widespread operating public covid-19 surveillance testing regimes of asymptomatic people of all ages, with covid-19 tests that reliably work in child cases? Will Australian politicians now stop saying that covid-19 in children is generally mild while dismissing spread of covid-19 in schools as “not a problem for students”? 

Nine News on facial recognition technology and our surveillance state

https://www.9news.com.au/2019/02/10/20/31/news-australia-facial-recognition-passport-federal-government

 

The trouble with police, large photograph databases and face recognition technology

Hodson, Hal Police mass face recognition in the US will net innocent people. New Scientist. October 20th 2016.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2109887-police-mass-face-recognition-in-the-us-will-net-innocent-people/

United States Government Accountability Office Face Recognition Technology: FBI Should Better Ensure Privacy and Accuracy. May 2016.

Click to access 677098.pdf

Had you assumed that hiring human super-recognizers to perform face recognition tasks would be less effective, less accurate and more open to bias than using technology? Think again.

Recent articles about supers, prosopagnosia, policing and face recognition research

Keefe, Patrick Radden The detectives who never forget a face. New Yorker. August 22nd 2016. Print edition title: Total Recall.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/22/londons-super-recognizer-police-force

I was glad to read in this substantial and interesting article that face identification was not the only evidence used to convict criminals. And the last couple of sentences in this piece are too true!

 

Montagne, Renee ‘New Yorker’: The Detectives Who Never Forget A Face. NPR. August 17th 2016.

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/17/490314062/new-yorker-the-detectives-who-never-forget-a-face

 

See No Evil

The See No Evil TV series episiode 3 about the murder of Kelsey Smith, which was broadcast on the Sunday just past on the Nine TV network in Australia was an illustrative example of the central and essential importance of crowdsourced face recognition and CCTV surveillance in solving serious crimes. I just wish that law-enforcement authorities wouold do more to use these tools to prevent crimes or to intervene in crimes, rather than waiting for someone to be killed or harmed, then using these tools to solve crimes.

https://www.9now.com.au/see-no-evil

 

 

Can you spot a sex offender or a terrorist just by looking at their face?

Adee, Sally Controversial software claims to tell personality from your face. New Scientist. May 27th 2016.

Similar story also in print: Issue 3076. June 4th 2016.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2090656-controversial-software-claims-to-tell-personality-from-your-face/

 

Another fascinating article about the important talents of supers

Robertson, David James (2016) Could super recognisers be the latest weapon in the war on terror? The Conversation. March 25th 2016.

https://theconversation.com/could-super-recognisers-be-the-latest-weapon-in-the-war-on-terror-56772

And don’t forget to check out the comments, one identifying a super-recognizer character in detective story literature.

 

Radio story from BBC in October 2015 about supers and the Met

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0356fvj

Today’s news about The Capability

http://www.biometricupdate.com/201512/australian-govt-says-national-facial-biometric-system-will-maintain-privacy-safeguards

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-17/government’s-facial-recognition-system-sparks-privacy-concerns/7035980

http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2015/s4374161.htm

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/governments-facial-biometric-system-carries-a-low-risk-everyday-activities-could-be-tracked-20151216-glp7np.html

 

This week’s New Scientist has cover story about super-recognizers

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22830484-800-super-recognisers-could-be-used-to-identify-strangers-in-cctv/