Headline, February 02 2019/ '' 'UNCANNY* DATA UMBRELLA' ''



''NEW-SCHOOL OLD-SCHOOLERS'' WHO ARE doing there very best 'to sort out way' to live,    obsessed with ''radical security'', ''processing'' and ''checking in''.

Yet their shared vocabulary with corporate world's new-school new-schoolers is telling : Both sides suffer from ''a collapse of the barrier between subjectivity and objectivity''.

FACIAL RECOGNITION BANS ARE the wrong way to fight against modern surveillance.

Focusing on one particular identification method misconstrues the nature of the surveillance society we're in the process of building. Ubiquitous mas surveillance is increasing the norm.

But that's just one identification technology among many. People can be identified at a distance by their heartbeat or by their gait, using a laser based system.

Cameras are so good that they can read fingerprints and iris patterns from meters away.

And even without any of these technologies, we can always be identified because our smartphones broadcast unique numbers called MAC addresses.

Regulating this system means addressing all three steps of the process. A ban on facial recognition won't make any difference if, in response, surveillance systems switch to identifying people by smartphone MAC addresses.

The problem is that we are being identified without our knowledge or consent, and society needs rules about when that is permissible.

Similarly, we need rules about how our data can be combined with other data, and then bought and sold without our knowledge or consent.

The data broker industry is almost entirely unregulated, there's only law - passed in Vermont in 2018 - that requires data brokers to register and explain in broad terms what kind of data they collect.

The large Internet surveillance companies like Facebook and Google collect dossiers on us more detailed than those of any police state of the previous century.

Reasonable laws would prevent worst of their abuses.

Finally, we need better rules about when and how it is permissible for companies to discriminate.

Discrimination based on protected characteristics like race and gender is already illegal but those are ineffectual against the current technologies of surveillance and control.

When people can be identified and their data correlated at a speed and scale previously unseen, we need new rules.

Today, facial recognition technologies are receiving the brunt of the tech backlash, but focusing on them misses the point.

We need to have a serious conversation about all the technologies of identification, correlation and discrimination, and decide how much we as a society want to be spied on by governments and corporations - and what sorts of influence we want them to have on our lives.

In her book ''Uncanny Valley'' author Anna Wienner shows that - the real strength comes from careful parsing of the complex motivations and implications that fortify this new surreality at every level., from the individual body to the body politic.

By the end of the book, she shows that technologists are not interested in a ''systems'' thinking only because it can fix what's broken; they are ''settling into new found political power,'' with armies of trolls now serving as a foot soldier in what founders call a ''war'' for market share.

For students, though facial recognition is a pickax as the world is living through a gold rush, as they might say in San Francisco.

The World Students Society thanks review author Lauren Oyler.

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! The Ecosystem 2011:

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