Moscow's facial recognition CCTV network is the biggest example of surveillance society yet

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We already knew that the city of Moscow is saturated with CCTV cameras, but we've only just learned the extent that the city is able to conduct surveillance on its citizens. NTechLab is a bold Russian company that is at the forefront of the most talked about technology around, facial recognition. Their app, FindFace, which can track everyone on VKontakte, the Russian equivalent of Twitter, based on their profile, caused an outcry in and outside Russia after it was used to to identify and harass sex workers and porn actresses through their personal profiles. Later, the company launched an emotion-reading recognition system, re-igniting concerns over the citizens' privacy and personal data. Despite rumours, nobody really knew who's using this state-of-the-art technology as NTechLab doesn't disclose the identity of their clients.


Dubai CCTV cameras to use AI, face recognition

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Dubai: Thousands of CCTV cameras of various Dubai government agencies will now provide live feed to a central command centre, officials said. Under a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) network, security cameras across will relay live images of security breaches live to the central command centre, Dubai Police said. The cameras will monitor criminal behaviour in three sectors -- tourism, traffic and bricks and mortar facilities. The network, said the police, is being phased in via different stages to meet the Dubai 2021 Vision requirements of a smart city. Announcing the programme, Major-General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, said the new project called'Oyoon' (eyes) will tackle crimes in the city and help reduce traffic accident deaths and congestion.


Amazon's sci-fi facial recognition will make Big Brother a reality

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You know how most dystopian future thrillers feature facial recognition cameras that authoritarian governments use to track and control their citizens' every move? Amazon is working hard to make exactly that sort of facial recognition a reality. To make matters even worse, it has recently been revealed in the UK that some modern facial recognition systems have shockingly bad accuracy, returning mistaken identities as much as 98% of the time. I haven't been able to find stats on the accuracy of Amazon's Rekognition system, but the enthusiasm of governments to embrace questionably accurate technology for profiling their citizens is nonetheless troubling. Amazon Rekognition is a deep-learning AI that can analyze videos and images for a variety of different applications.


Police make first arrest using facial recognition surveillance cameras at Cardiff Millennium stadium

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Police have made their first arrest based on facial recognition technology, a system that is controversial but could identify terrorism suspects in real time. South Wales police said that they arrested a local man with an outstanding warrant last week after cameras identified him from his features as he passed a surveillance van. The arrest came as officers were preparing to use cameras fitted on vehicles to film the faces of football fans attending the Champions League final at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. The force has received Home Office funding to pilot the technology from the NEC security business. Success could lead to a national rollout.


Facial recognition tech allows passengers to clear airport security in Shanghai

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Passengers checking into flights at Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport can now use their face to prove their identity thanks to the rollout of facial recognition technology. The airport this week unveiled self-service kiosks for flight and baggage check-in, security clearance, and boarding powered by facial recognition technology. While many airports in China already use facial recognition to help speed up security checks, Shanghai's system is being billed as the first to be fully automated. "It is the first time in China to achieve self-service for the whole check-in process," said Zhang Zheng, general manager of the ground services department for Spring Airlines, the first airline to adopt the system at Hongqiao Airport. Currently, only Chinese identity cardholders can use the technology.