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First POST: Saving Face

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, June 2 2014

Saving Face

  • James Risen and Laura Poitras report that the NSA has been collecting "millions of images per day" for use in facial recognition tracking of suspects. They point out that current American law does not provide for any protection regarding the collecting of facial recognition data.

  • Palantir, the secretive data analysis firm, gets a friendly profile in the Sunday Times Business Section, but it does include this critical quote from the ACLU's Chris Soghoian: "They are a key force in the surveillance-industrial complex, but they are in denial about it."

  • Former Howard Dean internet organizer Zephyr Teachout got 42% of the votes of the Working Families Party state committee, falling short in her bid to get its endorsement for governor, reports Jesse McKinley for the New York Times. There's still a chance she may try to run against Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary.

  • Brian Fung explains how the Email Privacy Act--which is just four co-sponsors away from making it to the House floor through a dischange petition--could result in a "blanket ban on the disclosure of all user data without a warrant."

  • Nick Bilton worries about what happens when hackers get into the Internet of Things.

  • Reset the Net is happening this Thursday, June 5, across the Internet. (Its driving forces, Holmes Wilson and Tiffiniy Cheng, will be speaking that morning at PDF 2014.)

  • New York's Gotham Gazette covers the convergence of civic tech events happening this week in New York--in addition to PDF, there's Organizing 2.0.