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Postby seemslikeadream » Thu May 10, 2018 10:10 am

Chicago Mayor Pushing for Surveillance Drones

What Will They See?


Police and government surveillance of the residents of Chicago is already so infamous nationally that software developers a few years ago created an interactive game, Watch Dogs, which invites clever gamers to evade and escape the digital surveillance of state authorities there.

But privacy may soon be even harder to come by in America’s third largest city.

Chicago is infamous for its shootings and high murder rate. And just as notorious are the many civil liberties abuses by the Chicago PD. Serious concerns have been raised to whether expanded state power leads to a safer city. But Mayor Rahm Emanuel is no fool, and keeps up the positive PR, like he did when he was in the White House as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff: Earlier this year, some 20 representatives were invited to a conference to learn what Chicago “is doing right” in policing, a conference which highlighted uses of high-tech surveillance tactics.

Emanuel and his legislative team are trying to push a bill through the state’s General Assembly that would allow the city to deploy surveillance drones to keep an eye on peaceful protesters during rallies, or any other time the police deem public assemblies of interest.

Drones would be equipped with digital cameras to take photos of individuals walking about, and would be linked to facial recognition software.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other civil liberties groups are alarmed.

“Given Chicago’s history of surveillance against protesters and social justice advocates — including by the notorious Red Squad — the Chicago police should not be able to use this new, powerful tool to monitor protesters near silently and from above,” Karen Sheley, director of the ACLU Police Practices Project, said in a statement.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Pete / Flickr and Dave Conner / Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

No Equal Protection?

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Though other big cities like New York and London have a significant surveillance apparatus — assembled largely during the last 17 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks — those areas don’t have the same reputation as Chicago among civil libertarians.

“Well, the key takeaway we should understand is that surveillance does not apply equally to all individuals,” said Freddy Martinez, a board member of the Lucy Parsons Lab, a non-profit that is tracking Chicago’s surveillance spending.

“Poor people and especially young brown people are targets of much higher forms of surveillance than others,” Martinez told WhoWhatWhy.

The Lucy Parsons project recently produced a guide to digital surveillance in Chicago, which grows in relevance as the network of cameras in the sky and on the ground spreads locally. Based on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filings and lawsuits, the guide raises questions about the use of surveillance technology locally. It claims that Chicago is one of the most heavily surveilled cities in the world. Some of the technology is purchased with funds seized from narcotics dealers.

“Investigations demonstrated that money to purchase this surveillance gear was originating from their narcotics asset-forfeiture fund. In some cases these funds are seized from citizens only suspected of criminal wrongdoing — citizens not convicted in court,” the guide’s executive summary states.

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City of Chicago Emergency Management surveillance vehicle equipped with Stingray antenna to intercept cellular phone traffic at a May Day rally in 2014. Photo credit: Seth Anderson / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The technologies already in use by the police and other government agencies in Chicago — according to FOIA disclosures — include:

A total of 50,000 government-owned cameras throughout the city, including on public transit buses and trains, operated by the city’s Office of Emergency Management;
An additional unknown number of cameras in private businesses and residences that are shared with the city through a project called The Private Sector Camera Initiative;
Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) of vehicles on public roads in the city, on mobile tracking stations mounted in 35 police cars roaming the city day and night using Motorola PAGIS technology and GPS;
A total of $5 million spent on facial recognition technology and related biometrics;
Cellphone site simulators by Harris Corp., nicknamed “Stingrays,” which masquerade as conventional mobile phone towers in neighborhoods, and through which any calls made in their vicinity are routed to the surveillance network and intercepted;
Approximately 50 microphones placed throughout the city, but primarily in black neighborhoods like Englewood, to track the sound of gunfire and reconstruct the scene from audio evidence if there is a shooting. The cost of this technology is said to be $100,000 for every 1.5 miles covered;
Use of a software tool called Geofeedia, at a cost of $1,450 per month for five users, to monitor Facebook, Twitter, and other social media in Chicago — without warrants.
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The constitutionality of these measures has not yet been litigated in local courts. So far, no local pro-bono firms have taken cases involving privacy rights or the right of public assembly to state or federal courts.

“I think the issue is who is under surveillance,” said Martinez. “Something like 75% of all people stopped and frisked in Chicago were black. 56% of all black men between the age of 18 and 26 are on the strategic subject list. If you were stopping and frisking everyone in front of the Board of Trade, you would have a lot more discussion about the ‘constitutionality’ of all this.”
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Postby elfismiles » Thu May 17, 2018 9:03 am

Angry residents don't feel protected by Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency safety drone... :partyhat

Why Is A Government Drone Flying Over A Sacramento Neighborhood? (VIDEO)
May 16, 2018 at 10:33 pm
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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Neighbors say they’re furious over a drone that’s flying over the neighborhood, and we’ve found out it’s tied to a government agency.

The mysterious drone has been spotted during late-night hours, hovering over residential neighborhoods and looking down on homes.

John Mattox first spotted the mysterious drone about a month ago.

“The drone would fly over here, come over my neighbor’s house, fly over our house right here,” he said. “You come home from work, it would be operating, go to bed it was still operating, and this would repeat day after day.”

His neighbors in Sacramento’s upper Land Park neighborhood wondered what it was doing.

“It just doesn’t feel good,” said Ben Allen. “It hovers around. You don’t know what they’re looking at and monitoring.”

Neighbors say they’ve heard the drone flying in the early morning hours, well before sunrise.

This week, they learned it’s being flown by the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency. It manages two nearby housing communities, Alder Grove and Marina Vista. Those complexes have seen serious crimes, including a fatal shooting in January and a triple homicide in 2016.

“We initiated the drone program in order to enhance the safety and security of our residents,” said LaTanna Jones, SHRA’s assistant director.

She says the five-foot-long aircraft operates between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and has already spotted illegal dumping and trespassing. Pilots have established a protocol to protect privacy.

“The drones are programmed so that they do not catch any footage until they get to about 200 feet in the air,” Jones said.

The housing authority says the program is legal, but some neighbors have doubts, saying their privacy is being invaded and the technology doesn’t belong in a residential community.

“This is not an appropriate way to police the community,” Mattox said.

The drone is part of a 90-day pilot project that costs about $20,000. Opponents are asking the Sacramento City Council to step in and cancel the program.

A bill in 2015 would have restricted drone usage 350 feet above homes without permission. It was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who said “Drone technology certainly raises novel issues that merit careful examination. This bill, however, while well-intentioned, could expose the occasional hobbyist and the FAA-approved commercial user alike to burdensome litigation and new causes of action. Before we go down that path, let’s look at this more carefully.

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Postby elfismiles » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:36 am

Japan 'drone-brella' promises hands-free sun cover
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Japan 'drone-brella' promises hands-free sun cover
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Postby elfismiles » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:05 am

The Pentagon's $928 million hypersonic weapons program is now shrouded in secrecy
The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have shared limited details about their efforts in developing hypersonic weapons.
A U.S. Air Force spokesman said the service will not be making any announcements in the near future regarding its work on hypersonics.
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U.S. officials warn Congress on risks of drones, seek new powers [Reuters]
By David Shepardson, ReutersJune 6, 2018
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration urged Congress on Wednesday to give it new powers to disable or destroy threatening drones, according to testimony viewed by Reuters.

David Glawe, undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Hayley Chang, DHS' deputy general counsel, told the Senate committee that oversees the department that it needs new authority.

"Terrorist groups overseas use drones to conduct attacks on the battlefield and continue to plot to use them in terrorist attacks elsewhere. This is a very serious, looming threat that we are currently unprepared to confront," the officials' written testimony said.

A bipartisan group of senators including Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, a Republican, and the committee's top Democrat, Claire McCaskill, last month introduced legislation to give DHS and the Justice Department authority to "to protect buildings and assets when there is an unacceptable security risk to public safety posed by an unmanned aircraft."

Johnson noted a bipartisan group of senators backs the legislation.

"The federal government does not have the legal authorities it needs to protect the American public from these kinds of threats. The threats posed by malicious drones are too great to ignore," Johnson said.

Johnson said the number of drone flights over sensitive areas or suspicious activities has jumped from eight incidents in 2013 to an estimated 1,752 incidents in 2016, citing federal statistics.

The American Civil Liberties Union said in a letter to the committee that it opposes the bill, which "amounts to an enormous unchecked grant of authority to the government to forcefully remove drones form the sky in nebulous security circumstances."

FBI deputy assistant director Scott Brunner told the committee the agency is "concerned that criminals and terrorists will exploit (drones) in ways that pose a serious threat to the safety of the American people."

Threats could include surveillance, chemical, biological or radiological attacks or attacks "on large open air venues" like concerts and sporting events and attacks against government facilities, he said.

The DHS testimony noted a number of recent incidents involving drones.

In March, a Coast Guard helicopter in California was forced to take evasive action to avoid a drone. A drone recently landed on the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion in San Diego harbor.

DHS said despite upgraded security efforts in U.S. capital area, "we are still experiencing (drone) incidents ... that require an appropriate response - even if they are nuisance or non-compliant operators who disregard the rules."

In 2017, a small civilian drone struck a U.S. Army helicopter near New York City damaging a rotor blade. Since 2017, federal officials have banned drones over U.S. military bases, national landmarks, nuclear sites and other sensitive areas.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in January that more than 1 million drones have been registered. In May, the U.S. Department of Transportation picked 10 pilot projects allowing drone use at night, out of sight operations and over populated areas.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Michael Perry and G Crosse)
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Postby Grizzly » Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:16 pm

Journalists Start Using Drones to View Immigrant Detention Camps After Government Blocks Entry
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Postby elfismiles » Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:03 am

Koa Smith Skeleton Bay 2018: 1 wave, 8 Barrels

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Koa Smith Skeleton Bay 2018: POV GoPro angle

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Postby Elvis » Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:56 am

China in race to overtake the US in AI warfare

Beijing is pushing hard to integrate artificial intelligence and autonomous weapons – robotic arms capable of thinking and acting at the speed of light

By Bill Gertz May 30, 2018 12:45 PM (UTC+8)

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A Chinese-made CH-5 reconnaissance and combat drone and its compatible missiles at the 11th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai city in south China's Guangdong province on November 2, 2016.
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According to Shen and Zhang, the goal will be to “make the opponent unable to perceive, or perceive garbage information and false information, and make sure its own side can accurately and quickly perceive the opponent and the battlefield.”

On the influence front, AI attacks will “disrupt and destroy” enemy morale and thinking “by interfering with brain function and affecting people’s ideology, value judgment, psychological emotion, and the like,” they stated.

Information attacks will destroy enemy information data processing hardware used by command and control systems and autonomous weaponry.

Big Data will provide the fuel for Chinese intelligent combat through gathering masses of information used in algorithm training, pattern mining and optimization analysis crunched by powerful computers.

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http://www.atimes.com/article/china-in- ... i-warfare/


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Postby Elvis » Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:00 am

Australia buying high-tech drones to monitor nearby seas

Turnbull government says it has agreed to buy six Triton drones from US military conglomerate Northrop Grumman for A$7 billion (US$5.18 billion)

June 26, 2018 4:01 PM (UTC+8)

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One of the billion-dollar drones that Australia is buying to monitor adjacent seas. Illustration: Northrop-Grumman

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Data gathered by the Triton drones will be shared with Australia’s closest allies – the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand.

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Postby elfismiles » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:21 am

More incentive to hijack drones ... for the poor and hungry! :fawked:

Kroger to bring driverless cars to grocery delivery

Kroger is partnering with autonomous car company Nuro to introduce driverless cars to its grocery delivery.
Kroger has made a number of investments towards expanding its digital and online delivery business.
"Last mile delivery" is one of the hardest feats in the delivery of fresh food.

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Postby elfismiles » Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:03 am

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Disney Imagineering has created autonomous robot stunt doubles
The robot acrobats can flip through the air and stick a landing every time
https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/28/disne ... t-doubles/


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Postby elfismiles » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:44 pm

DARPA Seeks FAA Approval For Military Drones Over American Cities By 2030 – At The Latest
October 31, 2018
By Nicholas West
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Just a little over 10 years after drone surveillance inside U.S. borders was declared a conspiracy theory, it is now an indisputable fact of life. So, too, are military grade drones along the “border,” which in reality constitutes a 100-mile-wide swath that encircles the continental United States and 2/3 of its population.

According to a new report from Defense One, this level of access is still seen as a restriction by the DARPA-directed military apparatus. As new forms of autonomous aircraft take to the skies such as the latest Blackhawk helicopter drones that could be ready by 2019, DARPA and aircraft developers want permission to fly over large cities as needed. Utilizing a new artificial intelligence system that is literally called MATRIX, developers see an opportunity for more flexibility in potential use. Of course, surveillance isn’t mentioned among those uses:

After that, similar to Predator drone maker General Atomics, they have their eyes on FAA certification to fly large, unmanned aircraft within the continental United States, to help ferry people and supplies from the mainland to offshore oil rigs, among other potential jobs. Today, large drones likes Predators are forbidden to fly over the U.S. except in a handful of largely unpopulated areas along the U.S. Mexico border.

The FAA is now figuring out how to change guidelines to allow unmanned planes and helicopters to fly over big cities. “We are working with the FAA on that. Our stated goal is 2030. It very much depends on rule making. We are certainly hoping for sooner, for the mid-2020s, to field it,” he said.


In that linked article sourced above, the long-range plans of converting military aircraft to drones and incorporating them anywhere and everywhere inside America is also detailed and expanded upon as a potential replacement for the already controversial use of police drones.

By 2025, enormous military-style drones – close relatives of the sort made famous by counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan and Iraq – will be visible 2,000 feet above U.S. cities, streaming high-resolution video to police departments below. That is the bet that multiple defense contractors are placing, anyway, as they race to build unmanned aircraft that can pass evolving airworthiness certifications and replace police helicopters. And if that bet pays off, it will radically transform the way cities, citizens, and law enforcement interact.


We are now seeing various trends beginning to dovetail into what could become the ultimate in military presence over the United States. As I recently reported, new A.I. algorithms are being devised that look for emotional indicators in an attempt to predict crime and social unrest. The “Eye in the Sky” system, developed by Cambridge University, seeks to use small Parrot drones to identify “violent poses” in crowds. The system will be powered by biometric recognition and artificial intelligence, as seen in the video below:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYypJPJipYc

Imagine a system like this being applied to the far more sophisticated military systems that already exist, then connecting all of it to the growing federal biometrics database.

I suspect that if the FAA does grant access to larger military aircraft over U.S. cities, it will be with the “strict guidelines” that no forms of surveillance or weaponry will be permitted onboard. Of course, once granted even the slightest access, all it will take is one catastrophic event to remove any restrictions at all.

Unlike many new industries, which grow unfettered until emerging problems prompt regulation, unmanned flight needs relief from existing restrictions in order to blossom, Scassero said. Once that happens, the market for large unmanned planes could be enormous.


For reference, here is what I wrote in 2013 regarding the long-term plans and eventuality that was also hinted at in the mainstream media at the time in an Associated Press article entitled, “Drones With Facial Recognition Technology Will End Anonymity, Everywhere.”
AP certainly offers a correct summary of how the databases that already exist (where we thought our personal information was protected) will be opened and utilized any time necessary.

“From seeing just the image of a face, computers will find its match in a database of millions of driver’s license portraits and photos on social media sites. From there, the computer will link to the person’s name and details such as their Social Security number, preferences, hobbies, family and friends.

Adding that capability to drones that can fly into spaces where planes cannot — machines that can track a person moving about and can stay aloft for days — means that people will give up privacy as well as the concept of anonymity.”

Naturally, the AP peddles this softly as it recounts these “new” developments in a tale of researchers with Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab Biometrics Center attempting to assist in sharpening FBI images of Boston bombing suspects, the Tsarnaev brothers. This is reminiscent of the above-mentioned Chris Dorner manhunt where we heard calls for how nice it would have been to have a drone at the ready for quicker identification and possible assassination.

“In a real-time experiment, the scientists digitally mapped the face of “Suspect 2,” turned it toward the camera and enhanced it so it could be matched against a database. The researchers did not know how well they had done until authorities identified the suspect as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger, surviving brother and a student at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

‘I was like, ‘Holy shish kabobs!’ ‘ Marios Savvides, director of the CMU Cylab, told the Tribune-Review. ‘It’s not exactly him, but it’s also not a random face. It does fit him.'”

This astonishment is somewhat absurd considering that drones have already been developed that are equipped with camera systems like DARPA’s Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System (ARGUS). This sensor system can instantly see an area roughly the “size of a small city” with an “all-seeing” eye according to retired Lieutenant, David A. Deptula. The next generation of surveillance tech sees the landscape through a 1.8 billion pixels camera, the highest resolution yet created.

Using a touchscreen interface that can produce up to 65 windows for analysis, military observers can see down to the individual object level to track the movements of vehicles and people. Beyond the real-time surveillance, the system can store everything for future review right down to the minutes and seconds.

The only thing truly new about this Associated Press story is the announcement that what most people thought to be limited to overseas theaters of war will now definitely be used across Battlefield USA.


It would be wise to contact the FAA now with concerns about permitting military-grade aircraft flying over the United States for any reason in order to stave off the imminent arrival of “Battlefield USA.”

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Postby elfismiles » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:12 am

Slightly heavier than a toothpick, the first wireless insect-size robot takes flight
Engineers from the University of Washington have created the first wireless insect-size robot, powered by a laser beam.
Until now, robotic flying insects were hard-wired to an external power source because the electronics needed to power and control their wings were much too heavy.
The engineers say these robo-insects are cheap to produce and can slip into tight spaces, enabling them to handle tasks the large aerial drones can't.
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Postby elfismiles » Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:23 pm

Popular delivery bot bursts into flames while scooting around UC Berkeley
https://boingboing.net/2018/12/17/popul ... ts-in.html

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Grocery delivery, with no humans drivers, is underway
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Postby Grizzly » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:58 pm

Shrapnel drone kills 6 at Yemen military parade
https://boingboing.net/2019/01/10/shrapnel-drone-explodes-over-y.html

Video footage captures the moment when an explosive drone, piloted by Houthi rebels, exploded over a military parade in Yemen. It killed six soldiers and injured at least 20 more, including the army's chief of staff.

Tobias Schneider, a Research Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute, identifies it as a Qasef-1 loaded with shrapnel.

"Very effective attack. Houthi drone tactics are fascinating. Commonly used to blind Saudi/Coalition radars to cover missile launches (tactic pioneered by Hezbollah vs Isreal), sometimes as impromptu cruise missile itself."

Indeed, the military death toll of 6 equals that of the 2018 cruise missile campaign launched by Trump against Syria.


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