Spies Without Borders – How the FSB Infiltrated the International Visa System – bellingcat

Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is helping Venezuela build a system that monitors citizen behavior through a new identification card. The “fatherland card,” already used by the government to track voting, worries many in Venezuela and beyond.

Source: Spies Without Borders – How the FSB Infiltrated the International Visa System – bellingcat

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China steps up online crackdown, seeks detailed user data

Internet watchdog wants data as part of an effort to curb dissent and stop people using online space to organise.

Source: China steps up online crackdown, seeks detailed user data

A new Venezuelan ID, created with China’s ZTE, tracks citizen behavior

Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is helping Venezuela build a system that monitors citizen behavior through a new identification card. The “fatherland card,” already used by the government to track voting, worries many in Venezuela and beyond.

Source: A new Venezuelan ID, created with China’s ZTE, tracks citizen behavior

Top US Intelligence Official Sue Gordon Wants Silicon Valley on Her Side

In an expansive on-the-record interview with WIRED, the principal deputy director of national intelligence made her pitch for public-private partnerships.

And the burn: “One of the key things about Google is I think it’s adorable that they have morals now when they’re using technology that the department built for them. That’s cute,” she says, “But we’ve always done this together.”

Source: Top US Intelligence Official Sue Gordon Wants Silicon Valley on Her Side

Amazon Employees Aren’t Happy With How Execs Just Addressed Concerns Over Cops Using Its Facial Recognition Tech

“It’s hard to trust that harm and abuse can be prevented if it is only post-mortem and through the Terms of Service,” an Amazon employee told BuzzFeed News.

Source: Amazon Employees Aren’t Happy With How Execs Just Addressed Concerns Over Cops Using Its Facial Recognition Tech

Chinese ‘gait recognition’ tech IDs people by how they walk

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: “gait recognition” software that uses people’s body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras. Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, “gait recognition” is part of a push across China to develop artificial-intelligence and data-driven surveillance that is raising concern about how far the technology will go.

Source: Chinese ‘gait recognition’ tech IDs people by how they walk