Greetings all, and happy Wednesday! Yes, Wednesday. We’ve decided to move the newsletter to a Wednesday, partially because everyone needs a bit of a mid-week pick me up (and we all know what we’d pick between the newsletter and a pint after work) and partially because I clearly wasn’t getting the newsletter out on a Monday, and so Wednesday just seems a better choice, particularly as it still allows us to include content from the weekend magazines, etc.
Right, so to today’s thrilling edition. I’d like to flag a story in iNews looking at police use of retrospective facial recognition in the UK. This is really interesting for a couple of reasons. First is the fact that all police forces have allegedly been using RFR, despite denying it (naughty). Second, that most police forces (i.e. very nearly every) have apparently been using RFR without a public policy framework in place, despite the fact that this was the minimum legal requirement established following the Bridges decision (very naughty!). Third, police use of RFR draws on custody images, which include people not convicted of any crimes. Really, images related to non-convicted persons should be deleted because of the risk of stigmatisation, and in line with a judgment of the domestic courts and another of the European Court (but… they are sooooo handy…../potential conflict there in the future).
I have a piece coming out (hopefully) in the not too distant future on RFR, so there’s that something for us all to look forward to.
There’s also a Surveillance & Society Special Issue on AI & Surveillance, which looks really interesting, and is up all our streets, right?
And, continuing our determination to flag positive stories as they arise – despite the selection bias inherent in our feed – there is a piece in the Washington Post on the use of AI to fight wildfires. Which reminded me of this piece in The New Yorker, on the difficulties of predicting fires.
In the UK the University strike continues this week, and so – with a particular emphasis on the cost of living crisis, which of course affects us all (solidarity) – I’ll leave you with Money by the Drums (I’d love to buy you something, but I don’t have any money…)
Have a great week, and weekend, and hopefully I’ll pop into your inboxes at some stage next Wednesday.
Thanks as ever to Sarah Zarmsky.
Communications of the ACM, Beyond Deep Fakes
MIT Technology Review, Deepfakes of Chinese influencers are livestreaming 24/7
The New York Times, This Is How A.I. Ruins the Internet
The Washington Post, Humans are responsible for AI
The Register, Companies ought to be cautious about using generative AI
The Conversation, NASA’s Mars rovers could inspire a more ethical future for AI
Financial Times, AI could consign educational traumas to history
Financial Times, Deepfakes make banks keep it real
Financial Times, AI: a new tool for cyber attackers — or defenders?
The New York Times, How A.I. Increased the Graduation Rate at John Jay College by 32 Points
The Conversation, AI won’t be replacing your priest, minister, rabbi or imam any time soon
The New York Times, 400-Pound N.Y.P.D. Robot Gets Tryout in Times Square Subway Station
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Poland launches investigation into OpenAI over alleged violations of privacy rights
Algorithm Watch, EU policymakers: regulate police technology
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, China: Alleged exploitation of student interns in AI industry raises human rights concerns
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Surveillance & Society, Special Issue on AI & Surveillance, which looks great.
EUI, Next Democratic Frontiers for Facial Recognition Technology (hybrid conference, free to participate, Friday 29 September 2023)