Posts tagged “Surveillance”

Smart software linked to CCTV can spot dubious behaviour

It could be the dawn of a new era in surveillance. For the first time, smart software will help CCTV operators spot any abnormal behaviour. If the trial due to go live in two London Underground stations this week is a success, it could accelerate the adoption of the technology around the world. From New… Read more »

The Pentagon's Plan for Tracking Everything That Moves

The cameras are already in place. The computer code is being developed at a dozen or more major companies and universities. And the trial runs have already been planned. Everything is set for a new Pentagon program to become perhaps the federal government’s widest reaching, most invasive mechanism yet for keeping us all under watch…. Read more »

Who's Watching You Surf?

Privacy watchdog groups and members of Congress are making grim guesses about how often the FBI peeks into records of U.S. citizens’ Internet activity and phone calls. But because the Department of Justice has blocked much of the content of its reports, the watchdogs can’t get enough information to draw conclusions. From PC World

U.S. Develops Urban Surveillance System

Police can envision limited domestic uses for an urban surveillance system the Pentagon is developing but doubt they could use the full system which is designed to track and analyze the movement of every vehicle in a city. Dubbed “Combat Zones That See,” the project is intended to help the U.S. military protect troops and… Read more »

DoD Logging Unverified Tips

To track domestic terrorist threats against the military, the Pentagon is creating a new database that will contain “raw, non-validated” reports of “anomalous activities” within the United States. According to a Department of Defense memorandum, the system, known as Talon, will provide a mechanism to collect and rapidly share reports “by concerned citizens and military… Read more »

Sensors of the World, Unite!

Imagine sprinkling tiny sensors on road and fields for surveillance, putting them in buildings and bridges to monitor structural health, and installing them in industrial facilities to manage energy, inventory and manufacturing processes.That’s the idea behind the emerging technology of wireless sensor networks. From Technology Review

EU may go digital with passports

European Union governments may soon issue passports containing computer chips embedded with digital fingerprints or eye scans, according to a plan approved by European leaders Friday. The “biometric” data would allow police officers to verify the authenticity of European passports, which have been counterfeited in significant numbers in recent years, officials said at their summit… Read more »

Citizens on cyber patrol

In the new world of crime-fighting, it’s not Big Brother watching. It’s your neighbors on their computers. Call it e-surveillance. Or citizens on cyber patrol. But with new wireless “crime cams” cropping up around Cincinnati, more people are helping fight crime with a click of a mouse. From Cincinati Enquirer

Senator questions Pentagon data mining

A key U.S. senator expressed renewed concern about the Pentagon’s data-mining project and asked the Defense Department to give more detail about how the system will collect information on Americans. From ZD Net