Not long ago, fingerprints were the cutting edge of biometric profiling. Today, the use of biosignatures to identify individuals has expanded to include everything from iris and facial scans right through to DNA profiling and even the unique shape of a person's ass. Here's what you need to know about how companies and governments are tracking your biometrics.
Some of the most famous cities in history were never built. These 10 Utopian cities may have been failures, but they expressed our ideas about what the future of human civilization could look like. And many ideas contained in them continue to influence us today.
Conexão de objetos e seres vivos à Internet abre possibilidades de economia e de serviços mais eficientes por parte do poder público. No Brasil, US$ 70 bilhões devem ser gerados no contexto da Internet das coisas aplicada à administração federal, estadual e municipal, mas há riscos à privacidade e ao funcionamento da máquina
Em uma apresentação de 1999, Kevin Ashton, então gerente de marcas da Procter & Gamble, afirmou que “adicionar identificação de radiofrequência (RFID) e outros sensores a objetos cotidianos criará uma Internet das coisas e fará as fundações de uma nova era da percepção das máquinas”. Foi uma das primeiras vezes que se utilizou a expressão “Internet das coisas”, que está relacionada, de forma resumida, à conexão de objetos cotidianos a redes de comunicação, possibilitando seu monitoramento e coleta de dados.(...)
Sociologue au Laboratoire des usages d’Orange Labs et chercheur associé au Centre d’études des mouvements sociaux (CEMS/EHESS), les travaux actuels de Dominique Cardon portent sur les usages d’Internet et les transformations de l’espace public numérique, ses recherches sur les réseaux sociaux de l’Internet, les formes d’identité en ligne, l’auto-production amateur et l’analyse des formes de coopération et de gouvernance dans les grands collectifs en ligne.
The Personal Telco Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the idea that users have a central role in how their communications networks are operated. We do that by building our own networks that we share with our communities, and by helping to educate others in how they can too. To date, we have done this using Wi-Fi technology. We began in 2000 by turning our own houses and apartments into wireless hotspots (or "nodes"), and then set about building networks in public locations such as parks and coffee shops. There are currently about 100 active nodes participating in our project. We would like to see people and businesses in every corner and on every block of the city participating.
You can help with a donation of your time, your money, or your bandwidth. If you don't live in Portland, there may be a similar group near you. If there's not, maybe you could start one!
A Communal Webcasting Device / Collective Process Since 2004, Megafone.net has been inviting groups of people marginalized within society to express their experiences and opinions. Using mobile phones to create audio recordings, videos and images that are immediately published to the Web, participants transform these devices into digital megaphones, amplifying the voices of individuals and groups who are often overlooked or misrepresented in the mainstream media.
Megafone.net has developed thirteen projects with different communities: Taxi drivers from Mexico City 2004, young gypsies in Lleida and León (Spain 2005), prostitutes in Madrid 2005, Nicaraguan immigrants in Costa Rica 2006, motorcycle messengers (motoboys) in Sao Paolo 2007, displaced and demobilized people in Colombia, young Sahrawi refugees in the Algerian Sahara 2009 and immigrants in Queens, New York 2011.
Three projects were developed with people with limited mobility in Barcelona 2006, Geneva 2008 and Montréal 2012-13 and another one in Barcelona 2010 with blind and visually impaired participants. For these projects, participants used GPS-enabled mobile phones to photograph obstacles and architectural barriers they found in the streets and to create a real-time, web-based accessibility map of their cities.
A Shareable City looks at multiple aspects of urban planning and community well-being through a collaborative economy lens, and proactively supports activities and platforms. Here are some of the best ways to get started.
Via Manu Fernandez
Western philosophy has traditionally separated mind from matter and brain from body. In recent years, however, cognitive scientists have turned the assumption on its head that we can study the mind based on the brain alone..
Many now view the brain as part of a larger “mind” – a cognitive system embodied in the organism’s physical structure and embedded in its surrounding environment. These twin concepts of embodied and embedded cognition are challenging the way we understand human intelligence, and in the process transforming neuroscience, robotics, philosophy, and a host of other fields concerned with the mind.
Trata-se de possibilitar também o aparecimento de novas e dinâmicas relações entre os cidadãos, cientistas e investigadores e também, naturalmente, instituições publicas e administrativas que determinem as políticas baseadas em dados concretos.
Using 'edge-blending' projection technology the whole back wall – the whole room even – becomes a canvas to be exploited by innovative meeting designers to create immersive 'Out of the Screen' experiences.
Our ancestors could spot natural predators from far by their silhouettes. Are we equally aware of the predators in the present-day? Drones are remote-controlled planes that can be used for anything from surveillance and deadly force, to rescue operations and scientific research. Most drones are used today by military powers for remote-controlled surveillance and attack, and their numbers are growing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicted in 2012 that within 20 years there could be as many as 30.000 drones flying over U.S. Soil alone. As robotic birds will become commonplace in the near future, we should be prepared to identify them. This survival guide is an attempt to familiarise ourselves and future generations, with a changing technological environment.
This document contains the silhouettes of the most common drone species used today and in the near future. Each indicating nationality and whether they are used for surveillance only or for deadly force. All drones are drawn in scale for size indication. From the smallest consumer drones measuring less than 1 meter, up to the Global Hawk measuring 39,9 meter in length. To keep this document widely available it can be downloaded in .pdf or .doc format. New translations will be made available over time.
DISCLAIMER This document is for information purposes only, with the intent of free distribution of publicly available information. We do not condone violent or destructive behavior against people or property in any way or form. All content may be freely shared, adapted, and translation for non-commercial purposes. Available for free on the website. www.dronesurvivalguide.org
Hiding from Drones
Drones are equipped with extremely powerful camera’s which can detect people and vehicles at an altitude of several kilometers. Most drones are equipped with night vision, and/or infrared vision camera’s, so-called FLIR sensors. These can see human heat signatures from far away, day or night. However there are ways to hide from drones.
Day camouflage: Hide in the shadows of buildings or trees.
Use thick forests as natural camouflage or use camouflage nets.
Night camouflage: hide inside buildings or under protection of trees or foliage. Do not use flashlights or vehicle spot lights, even at long distances. Drones can easily spot this during night missions.Heat camouflage: Emergency blankets (so-called space blankets) made of Mylar can block infrared rays. Wearing a space blanket as a poncho at night will hide your heat signature from infrared detection. Also in summer when the temperature is between 36°C and 40°C, infrared camera’s cannot distinguish between body and its surroundings.Wait for bad weather. Drones cannot operate in high winds, smoke, rainstorms or heavy weather conditions.No wireless communication. Using mobile phones or GPS based communication will possibly compromise your location.Spreading reflective pieces of glass or mirrored material on a car on a roof will confuse the drone’s camera.Decoys. Use mannequins or human-sized dolls to mislead the drone’s reconnaissance.
Drones are remote controlled. The pilots operating the drone can be thousands of kilometers away at Ground Control stations. The control link is the satellite transmitted datalink by which the pilot controls the plane. By jamming or intercepting the datalink, one can interfere with the drones controls. The data link can be encrypted but often is not.
Interception. A sophisticated technique is using sky grabber software with a satellite dish and a TV tuner to intercept the drone’s frequencies. Communication from and to the drone can be intercepted.Interference. By broadcasting on different frequencies or pack of frequencies the link between the drone pilot and the drone can be disconnected.GPS spoofing. Small, portable GPS transmitters can send fake GPS signals and disrupt the Drones navigation systems. This can be used, for example, to steer drones into self-destruction flight paths or even hijack them and land them on a runway.
‘Health Ranger’s intelligence analysis of military drones: payloads, countermeasures and more’, www.naturalnews.com, July 16, 2012. By Mike Adams
‘The Al-Qaida Papers - Drones’, This document is one of several found by The Associated Press in buildings recently occupied by al-Qaida fighters in Timbuktu, Mali. Associated Press, Feb 2013. ‘Evading Thermal Imaging And Radar Detection’, United States Militia, Special Forces.
If you’re reading this, you’re likely bathed in several channels of cell phone radiation at once. But while we can spot cell phone towers and antennae, the waves themselves remain invisible. Following up on a project to visualize what Wi-Fi might look like in cities, artist-researcher Nickolay Lamm has imagined what cell phone radiation would look like if emitted as waves of light.
For his project, Lamm worked with eight academics and engineers to verify that the images we’re looking at are accurate representations of cell phone radiation. Like radio, cell phones rely on radio frequency waves, which emit low-energy radiation. Unlike ionizing radiation--released by higher-energy gamma rays, X-rays, and ultraviolet rays--exposure to cell phones’ non-ionizing radiation has not been proven to cause serious damage to living tissue.