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Coronavirus Watch Technology

Covid-19 Pandemic Dashboards

In the Bloomberg CityLab, data journalist Marie Patino writes that how the Coronavirus pandemic forced many governments around the world create a visual Covid Pandemic Dashboard for educating the public as well as provide public information about the worst pandemic of the century. Damir Ivankovic, a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam writes: “All […]

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Notes Technology

World Wide Web – 31st Birthday

Thirty-one year ago to-day in 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist working at the CERN wrote a proposal ‘Information Management: A Proposal‘ and with that quiet act launched an idea of the modern World Wide Web (WWW). The World Wide Web was born on 1989. In 1989, Berners Lee published a paper called ‘Information […]

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Notes Technology

Amazon Go Grocery

Amazon has been in the headlines again about its most ambitious cashier-free store – Amazon Go. The Bloomberg Businessweek writes in its recent headline about Amazon’s new Amazon Go Grocery as Amazon’s Most Ambitious Research Project Is a Convenience Store. Jeff Bezos and his company have spent seven years and hundreds of millions of dollars […]

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Amazon Partnering with Kirana Stores in India

It appears that Amazon is increasing its footprints in rural India. In a headline “In India, mom and pop stores are proving to be the holy grail for tech startups” Techinasia reporter Avanish Tiwary writes that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently appeared in a local store in rural India to distribute a amazon packet (see […]

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Notes Privacy Technology

Clearview AI – Under Scrutiny

In a previous note on Facial Recognition Technology (FR) how various governments (UK, US, The Netherlands, China) & other agencies are using FR technologies for various purposes from fighting crimes (US, UK) to public shaming (in China) was discussed. Clearview AI On Spotlight After The New York Times report on Clearview AI the “mysterious” FR […]

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Notes Privacy Technology

Public Shaming with Facial Recognition

In yesterday’s Notes I wrote about Facial Recognition technology and its use in US, UK and China. Recently, there was also another headline news on facial recognition with a report that US Supreme Court Supreme Court declines to hear Facebook facial recognition case declining to hear a case “whether users can sue Facebook for using […]

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Notes Privacy Technology

Facial Recognition Technology

The Wikipedia describes Facial recognition (FR) as “technology capable of identifying or verifying a person from a digital image or a video frame from a video source”. It is described as a “Biometric Artificial Intelligence based application that can uniquely identify a person by analyzing patterns based on the person’s facial textures and shape”. Although […]

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Notes Technology

On Protecting Our Web Privacy

In the technological era we are living in, we are entangled with smart gadgets in every aspects of our lives. Even for our basic needs, services like utilities, banking, tax filing, interacting with our governments we are encouraged to use online services. It’s almost impossible to perform our basic functions without interacting with internet. In […]

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Notes Privacy Technology

Smart Surveillance Devices as Gift Giving

Tech electronic gadgets are the most desired gift items during the holidays. It’s likely that some of our wishes to have such gadgets might have been fulfilled by Santa in this holiday season. Personal Smart Gadgets The smartphones, iPads, smartwatches top among our dearly loved electronic gadgets which we carry along with us daily in […]

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Notes Technology

Free WiFi, Apps & Student Tracking

My past two notes were on Mass Surveillance – A Permanent Fingerprints of Our Daily Lives and Surveilling Ourselves. To stay on the same theme, here is my notes based on a recent Washington Post article. In an article Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands on […]