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Detroit Police Commissioner Willie Burton was arrested at a public meeting while speaking out about facial recognition technology used by police. Mr. Burton was complaining about closed-door meetings that kept him as well as the public from having input on whether or not to use the technology.
(Steve Neavling for Detroit Metro Times)
FaceApp’s Terms of Services are bad but it’s still another weird moral panic to single them out. This week everyone used an app that made them look older and then everyone freaked out because the company is based in Russia and has an abusive TOS. The thing is, it’s no better or worse than any other photo app. Which is to say, it’s awful.
(Kaitlyn Tiffany for Vox)
Fight For the Future has released a comprehensive map of where police work together with Amazon’s Ring facial recognition. Some police departments go so far as to use tax money to supply free cameras to residents.
(Xeni Xardin for Boing Boing)
Cyber: How Palantir’s Spy Tool for Cops Works
Caroline Haskins maps out what Palantir is and how their surveillance software works.
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Fixing Flaky Tests Like a Detective
Sonja Peterson at RailsConf 2019 talks about what to do when your test results are far from regular.
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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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