Even a mask won’t hide you from the latest face recognition tech

Ditch the hat and scarf – it’s not fooling anyone. Face recognition software can now see through your cunning disguise – even you are wearing a mask. Amarjot Singh at the University of Cambridge and his colleagues trained a machine learning algorithm to locate 14 key facial points. These are the points the human brain [...]

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The GNU General Public License version 3 celebrates its tenth birthday

Ten years ago today heralded the release of the GNU General Public License version 3. Through several iterations over two years, public drafts enabled the community to develop a license that better addressed the changing software freedom landscape. From Tivoization, to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, to the rise of software patents, many threats to [...]

CIA targeting Gnu/Linux users with OutlawCountry malware

Wikileaks which is known for exposing corruption within governments and corporations, has released a massive data dump which included some interesting news about what the CIA has been up to recently. According to the leak, the CIA has targeted Gnu/Linux users, with an exploit that re-routes network traffic towards them for analysis. The exploit called [...]

WikiLeaks reveals CIA’s Imperial hacking project targeting Mac and Gnu/Linux

WikiLeaks has published the latest of its Vault 7 CIA leaks, this time looking at a project going by the name Imperial. The project is made up of three tools: Achilles and SeaPea which target OS X, and Aeris which targets various flavors of Gnu/Linux, including RedHat, Debian and CentOS. User guides relating to the [...]

Tech Feudalism

The good part about naming a talk in 2017 ‘Notes from an Emergency’ is that there are so many directions to take it. The emergency I want to talk about is the rise of a vigorous ethnic nationalism in Europe and America. This nationalism makes skillful use of online tools, tools that we believed inherently [...]