Telcos are selling realtime data about anyone’s cell phone location to, well, anyone. Of course, this breaks their ostensible privacy policies, so they’re doing it through a string of subcontractors, trickling down through the bail bond industry. But you can hire a private investigator to track anyone’s phone.
(Joseph Cox for Motherboard)
Facial recognition software (still) has a major race problem. In yet another example of how bias infiltrates AI systems, a facial recognition program was shown to rate black faces as angrier than white faces.
(Josiah J. Downing for The Conversation)
Underclocking a wifi chip can create a stealth wifi channel. Hacker CNLohr decided to underclock an ESP8266 and it ended up creating a wifi channel only another chip running at the same clock speed can communicate with.
(Tom Nardi for Hackaday)
Loose Leaf Security: Security Stories
In this episode, Liz and Geoffrey look at security stories in the news, from facial recognition at concerts to how surveillance databases facilitate identity theft.
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Building IMU-based Gesture Recognition
Jennifer Wang at Hackaday Supercon talks about how to use IMUs and machine learning to detect gestures, which she did in order to make a Harry Potter wand that detects what spell is being cast.
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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.
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