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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 01, 2013 Google Glass, the beginning of wearable surveillance
QUOTE: imagine that millions of Americans walk around each day wearing the equivalent of a drone on their head: a device capable of capturing video and audio recordings of everything that happens around them. And imagine that these devices upload the data to large-scale commercial enterprises that are able to collect the recordings from each and every American and integrate them together to form a minute-by-minute tracking of the activities of millions....default mode is for all data to be automatically uploaded to cloud servers, where aggregation and back-end analytic capacity resides. So, who owns and what happens to the user's data?
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 23, 2012 Scott Brown gets in on the Big Lie (Plum Line)
QUOTE: Obama’s now infamous “didn’t build that” speech is similar to Elizabeth Warren’s viral remarks about how the rich didn’t get rich on their own. So it’s not surprising that Senator Scott Brown has just released a new Web video (embedded below) tying Obama’s remarks to Warren’s and painting them as vaguely anti-American. Brown says: “I will never demonize you as business leaders and business owners.”
Washington Post May 29, 2012 Published mug shots: A constant reminder of one man's past
QUOTE: mug shots, which are public record, from sheriffs and local police departments, who hand over the information with the names listed in alphabetical order, detailing the criminal charges...."They are using a person's image for commercial gain without their permission," said Singh-Grover. "To me, its extortion, maybe not legally, but the common use of that term."
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 16, 2012 Jury Finds Spying in Rutgers Dorm Was a Hate Crime
QUOTE: A former Rutgers University student was convicted on Friday on all 15 charges he had faced for using a webcam to spy on his roommate having sex with another man, a verdict poised to broaden the definition of hate crimes in an era when laws have not kept up with evolving technology....The case set off a debate about whether hate-crime statutes are the best way to deal with bullying.
New York Times Feb 17, 2012 Drones Set Sights on U.S. Skies
QUOTE: A new federal law, signed by the president on Tuesday, compels the Federal Aviation Administration to allow drones to be used for all sorts of commercial endeavors... Local police and emergency services will also be freer to send up their own drones. But while businesses, and drone manufacturers especially, are celebrating the opening of the skies to these unmanned aerial vehicles, the law raises new worries about how much detail the drones will capture about lives down below — and what will be done with that information.
New York Times Feb 16, 2012 Shocker: Facebook Users Hate Surprise Photo Tagging
QUOTE: nearly all Facebook users think it's rude when someone posts a photo or video of them without asking their permission first. In the survey of more than 800 Facebook users, 83 percent of respondents said it's just "common courtesy" to ask permission before posting someone else's photo or video online.
PC Magazine Feb 03, 2012 Too Perfect? Rachel Weisz's L'Oréal Ad Banned in Britain for Being 'Misleading
QUOTE: The U.K. is known for going after such Photoshop mischief. Ads featuring Christy Turlington for Maybelline and Julia Roberts for Lancôme were pulled for the artistic liberties taken by the retouching department.
Time Magazine Nov 29, 2011 British Inquiry Is Told Hacking Is Worthy Tool
QUOTE: After Paul McMullan, a former deputy features editor at Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid, had finished his jaw-droppingly brazen remarks at a judicial inquiry on Tuesday, it was hard to think of any dubious news-gathering technique he had not confessed to...
New York Times Nov 23, 2011 Police Tracking Your Every Move With License Plate Readers: Is a law enforcement aid worth sacrificing personal liberties?
QUOTE: These plate readers in D.C. take 1,800 images per minute, every one of which is stored in a database. Basically, these plate readers have made it possible for police to track everyone's movements as they move across the city. These plate readers and the subsequent database of image captures has tipped the privacy concerns of some -- notably the American Civil Liberties Union.
WebProNews Aug 24, 2011 In New Jersey, Rules Are Changed on Witness IDs
QUOTE: The New Jersey Supreme Court, acknowledging a “troubling lack of reliability in eyewitness identifications,” issued sweeping new rules on Wednesday making it easier for defendants to challenge such evidence in criminal cases.
New York Times Aug 08, 2011 Facebook’s Privacy Issues Are Even Deeper Than We Knew
QUOTE: privacy issues go beyond what the social networking giants themselves do. Now the question includes what they’ve enabled others to do. The research also neuters the conventional retort, “you can opt out,” because the results are based on public information.
Forbes Jun 20, 2011 Upending Anonymity, These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone
QUOTE: The collective intelligence of the Internet’s two billion users, and the digital fingerprints that so many users leave on Web sites, combine to make it more and more likely that every embarrassing video, every intimate photo, and every indelicate e-mail is attributed to its source, whether that source wants it to be or not. This intelligence makes the public sphere more public than ever before and sometimes forces personal lives into public view.
New York Times Jun 06, 2011 Weiner Admits He Sent Lewd Photos; Seeks Not to Resign
QUOTE: Representative Anthony D. Weiner, a rising star in Democratic politics who many believed would be the next mayor of New York City, admitted on Monday to having had inappropriate online exchanges with at least six women, and repeatedly lying....There was a striking absence of public expressions of support from his colleagues, and the House Democratic leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, called for an ethics investigation into his conduct.
New York Times Apr 26, 2011 Who Protects the Animals?
QUOTE: The problem is the system that enables cruelty and a lack not just of law enforcement but actual laws… The biggest problem of all is that we’ve created a system in which standard factory-farming practices are inhumane, and the kinds of abuses documented at E6 are really just reminders of that.
New York Times Mar 31, 2011 Google making app that would identify people's faces
QUOTE: Google plans to introduce a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people's faces in order to access their personal information... As Google's size and clout grow, so does the chorus of critics who say the company frequently encroaches on people's privacy... North said she believes Google has a tendency to push boundaries in order to outdo competitors. The service could push too far by, say, aggregating every photo of a user it finds on the internet without giving that user an easy way to erase certain images.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 27, 2011 Ethical Quandary for Social Sites
QUOTE: The photos had been removed because he did not take the images himself, a violation of the site’s community rules… “That is totally ludicrous,” he said. “Flickr is full of accounts with photos that people did not take themselves.” Human rights advocates have also criticized Facebook for not being more flexible with some of its policies, specifically its rule requiring users to create accounts with their real names.
New York Times Feb 08, 2011 Egyptian man's death became symbol of callous state
QUOTE: ... the death of Khaled Said would have become a footnote in the annals of Egyptian police brutality. Instead, outrage over the beating death of the 28-year-old man in this coastal city last summer, and attempts by local authorities to cover it up, helped spark the mass protests demanding the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Washington Post Oct 24, 2009 With ban over, who should cover the fallen at Dover?: Few in media choosing to capture events, but military posts pictures
QUOTE: "Taking pictures of the returning casualties to Dover is a measure of the human cost of war," said Ralph Begleiter, a journalism professor at the University of Delaware... "Do you want the government ultimately to have control over what we see or not see? Or do you want independent observers, an independent press or media, relaying those images?"
Washington Post Sep 05, 2009 AP Photo of Dying Marine Criticized: Gates Decries Decision to Distribute Image Despite Family's Protests
QUOTE: The controversy [the Associated Press deciding to distribute a photograph of a mortally wounded Marine in Afghanistan over the objections of the Marine's father] goes to the heart of one of the most sensitive realms of war coverage: the public portrayal of the wounded and the dead.
Washington Post Aug 09, 2009 Medical Imaging Advances Lead To Storage Headaches
QUOTE: As medical imaging technology improves and more clinicians demand access to patients' diagnostic-quality images, healthcare providers are finding that storage requirements are soaring.
InformationWeek Jul 28, 2009 A Rorschach Cheat Sheet on Wikipedia?
QUOTE: in the last few months, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia has been engulfed in a furious debate involving psychologists who are angry that the 10 original Rorschach plates are reproduced online, along with common responses for each. For them, the Wikipedia page is the equivalent of posting an answer sheet to next year’s SAT.
New York Times Jun 21, 2009 Lancaster, Pa., keeps a close eye on itself
QUOTE: A vast and growing web of security cameras monitors the city of 55,000, operated by a private group of self-appointed gatekeepers. There's been surprisingly little outcry.
Los Angeles Times Mar 25, 2009 Students Sue Prosecutor in Cellphone Photos Case
QUOTE: When a high school cheerleader in northeastern Pennsylvania learned that she might face criminal charges after investigators reported finding a nude photo of her on someone else’s cellphone, she was more confused than frightened at being caught up in a case of “sexting”...
New York Times Dec 20, 2008 Maryland Students Use Speed Cameras for Revenge: Students in Montgomery County, Maryland use fake license plates to send speed camera tickets to enemies.
QUOTE: High school students in Maryland are using speed cameras as a tool to fine innocent drivers in a game, according to the Montgomery County Sentinel newspaper. Because photo enforcement devices will automatically mail out a ticket to any registered vehicle owner based solely on a photograph of a license plate, any driver could receive a ticket if someone else creates a duplicate of his license plate and drives quickly past a speed camera.
theNewspaper.com Nov 19, 2008 Row over altered US Army photo
QUOTE: The Pentagon has become embroiled in a row after the US Army released a photo of a general to the media which was found to have been digitally altered.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Nov 17, 2008 High-Tech Team Helps Cheaters Pass Immigration Test
QUOTE: Two British residents were sentenced to jail last week for using an array of computers and wireless gear to feed answers to paying clients taking an immigration test in London, according to the Metropolitan Police.
Wired Jun 10, 2008 Net Providers to Block Sites With Child Sex
QUOTE: The move is part of a groundbreaking agreement with the New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, that will be formally announced on Tuesday as a significant step by leading companies to curtail access to child pornography.
New York Times Feb 21, 2008 Online Photos Not as Private As District Mother Assumed
QUOTE: [a] District woman [recently] discovered the selected snapshots [of her children] had been viewed thousands of times, while other photos had about 20 hits...[the] story has caused a stir on local parenting blogs. With so many things out in the open on the Internet, how can parents guard their children's privacy?
Washington Post Jan 09, 2008 Hey, Isn't That . . . People Are Doing Double-Takes, And Taking Action, As Web Snapshots Are Nabbed for Commercial Uses
QUOTE: Under the banner of "intellectual property," record labels warn you not to bootleg their songs. Hollywood studios warn you not to download their movies. Intellectual property has lately seemed the concern of corporations trying to protect the artist from the grabby public. But in an increasingly user-generated world where the public is the artist, sometimes it's the big boys who get grabby.
Washington Post Apr 11, 2007 Altered photos: Removing the real from real estate
QUOTE: Airbrushed photos are becoming more common as prospective home buyers turn to the Web as the first point in their house hunts.
Bankrate.com Jan 07, 2007 Marines' Photos Provide Graphic Evidence in Haditha Probe
QUOTE: Capturing images of war on their digital cameras, as many troops in Iraq have done, Marines took dozens of gruesome photographs of the 24 civilians who were killed in Haditha, Iraq, in November 2005. The images -- which investigators tracked down on several laptop computers and digital media drives, some in the United States -- provide visual evidence of a series of shootings outside a taxi and inside three homes that military criminal investigators have alleged were murders.
Washington Post Aug 11, 2006 Misinformation about your photography rights continues to spread (CyberSpeak)
QUOTE: Neither "security" nor "9/11" are magic words that will cause everyone to follow your every unjustifiable instruction....The law in the United States of America is pretty simple. You are allowed to photograph anything with the following exceptions...
USA TODAY May 12, 2006 Enhanced video used to convict arsonist (Police blotter)
QUOTE: A woman convicted of arson appealed the verdict, saying a surveillance video used as evidence should not have been digitally enhanced .... [Her] conviction [was] upheld.
News.com Dec 29, 2005 New digital camera? Know how, where you can use it (CyberSpeak)
QUOTE: ...I started to wonder about the laws regarding using them. Where can you shoot? What can you shoot?....don't take this as legal advice; it's one columnist's researched understanding of the law. If you can see it, you can shoot it
USA TODAY Jan 13, 2002 The Ethicist: Say Cheese
QUOTE: (1) Does a street photographer have an ethical obligation to get permission from those he photographs? (2) Is it ethical for you to accept a free meal from a friend if she charges it to her company expense account?
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