A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit

A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit

On May 18, Kristin Tynski dropped a link into the Reddit community r/privacy: “I scraped court records to find dirty cops.” Tynski, who owns a marketing firm, had collected the public police records in Palm Beach County, where she lives, and wrote up her findings on data like traffic citations and race.

Anonymous Stole and Leaked a Megatrove of Police Documents

Anonymous Stole and Leaked a Megatrove of Police Documents

DDOSecrets founder Emma Best tells WIRED that the hacked files came from Anonymous—or at least a source self-representing as part of that group, given that under Anonymous' loose, leaderless structure anyone can declare themselves a member."It's the largest published hack of American law enforcement agencies," Emma Best, cofounder of DDOSecrets, wrote in a series of text messages.

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

This week IBM, Amazon , and Microsoft all said they would halt sales of facial recognition to US police and called on Congress to impose rules on use of the technology.

Hollywood Is About to Reopen. It Could Be Better Than Before

Hollywood Is About to Reopen. It Could Be Better Than Before

Announced this week by filmmaker Ava DuVernay , the Law Enforcement Accountability Project is an effort by DuVernay’s company Array to fund film, theater, literature, and other media focused on police violence.

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial-recognition technology.Amazon and other tech companies like Microsoft have called on Congress to pass federal legislation on facial recognition for over a year, after local governments began passing bans on use of the tech.

Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial recognition technology.Amazon and other tech companies like Microsoft have called on Congress to pass federal legislation on facial recognition for over a year, after local governments began passing bans on use of the tech.

Across the Globe, Scientists Are Striking for Black Lives

Across the Globe, Scientists Are Striking for Black Lives

A Native Hawaiian, Kamai is one of the organizers of the June 10 “Shut Down STEM to Strike for Black Lives,” a call for researchers to stop their work and spend the day learning about how systemic racism functions in their fields and at their institutions, and then to draft plans for eradicating those inequalities.

China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns

China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns

Google's Chrome, too, is adding privacy and security features , like enhanced "safe browsing" designed to warn users about phishing sites, and a password manager that automatically checks your passwords against collections of leaked user credentials.

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

On Thursday, as Florida began its Phase 2 reopening, the state’s department of health reported 1,419 new coronavirus cases—its biggest single-day spike since the pandemic arrived in the state.

On Instagram, Black Squares Overtook Activist Hashtags

On Instagram, Black Squares Overtook Activist Hashtags

As recent protests have spread across American cities following the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, organizers have worked tirelessly to share images and information across social media, urging followers to take action.

The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How

The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How

“The federal government doesn’t really keep track of a lot of this equipment that goes to local law enforcement agencies,” says Anna Gunderson, a political scientist at Louisiana State University who coauthored a 2019 study that examined the effects of the 1033 program on crime rates.

George Floyd and the Illusion of Progress

George Floyd and the Illusion of Progress

Images place us in time, gluing unremarkable and historically urgent moments in a fixed setting or context, but mostly they thrill our senses in other varied ways.Photographer Stephen Maturen’s snapshot of a young black protester—on his knees and shirtless, hands raised like a goal post—is an image of staggering breadth.

AI License Plate Readers Are Cheaper—So Drive Carefully

AI License Plate Readers Are Cheaper—So Drive Carefully

Ruehle says the new software is significantly more accurate than his department's conventional ALPR system, correctly reading plates about 97 percent of the time, compared with about 80 percent for the older technology.

WIRED's 7 Big Science Stories That Shaped 2019

WIRED's 7 Big Science Stories That Shaped 2019

Another private forensics lab, in Texas, began building its own crowdsourced database exclusively for police searches this year.But when the child rapist Jeffrey Epstein died, and more of his nominally philanthropic donations became public, science faced a reckoning.

How Hong Kong’s Protests Turned Into a Mad Max Tableau

How Hong Kong’s Protests Turned Into a Mad Max Tableau

Protesters donned foil-lined gas masks to hide their identities and dim the glare of police flashlights.Demonstrators have donned body armor and lined their goggles with reflective film to foil police flashlights and mask their identities.

The War Vet, the Dating Site, and the Phone Call From Hell

The War Vet, the Dating Site, and the Phone Call From Hell

He called the number and got a man who said he was James Harris, Caroline's dad.Leaving Lisa in the living room with Jaxon, Jared retreated to his bedroom and texted the Harrises' number.

The Searing Colors of Santiago's Revolution

The Searing Colors of Santiago's Revolution

Whether it's Hong Kong or Cairo, across Lebanon or in Bolivia, people are fighting for lives that are more livable and feel less like prison sentences.Hernandez reveals a city spilling over with possibility, a people rising from the inferno of yesterday.

Hong Kong Is the Latest Tripwire for Tech Firms in China

Hong Kong Is the Latest Tripwire for Tech Firms in China

Over the weekend, an esports player for another Blizzard title, Hearthstone, had shouted a Hong Kong protest slogan on the game's official Taiwanese livestream; in response, Activision Blizzard suspended the player from high-level competitive play for a year and said it would not pay out his past winnings, claiming that he had violated rules barring acts that "offend a portion or group of the public.".

California Bill Would Halt Facial Recognition on Bodycams

California Bill Would Halt Facial Recognition on Bodycams

The bill would ban the use of facial recognition algorithms in real time, when the body cameras are rolling, and in subsequent forensic analysis of footage.

Swatting Is a Deadly Problem—Here's the Solution

Swatting Is a Deadly Problem—Here's the Solution

Third, a Seattle resident who is, Whitcomb says, “a well-known internet celebrity” reached out to Whitcomb, asking if there was anything the police department could do to ensure they weren’t swatted.

Facial Recognition Is Suddenly Everywhere. Should You Worry?

Facial Recognition Is Suddenly Everywhere. Should You Worry?

Three US cities, including San Francisco , recently blocked their agencies from using the technology altogether, while federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have expressed interest in regulating facial recognition.#facial recognition #Artificial Intelligence #algorithms #privacy.

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

And unlike the kinds of DNA technologies police have been using for decades to match crime scene samples to suspects, the genetic profiles generated for genealogy purposes hold a lot more information—including sensitive health information .Defense attorney Rachel Forde discusses evidence in the trial of William Talbott, who was found guilty Friday for the 1987 slayings of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg.

To Really 'Disrupt,' Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers

To Really 'Disrupt,' Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers

In fact, college students can learn about these issues in a wide range of existing fields: Science & Technology Studies (STS), communication, sociology, anthropology, political science, cognitive science, and digital humanities, to name a few.

A Murder Trial Will Allow DNA Evidence From a Genealogy Site

A Murder Trial Will Allow DNA Evidence From a Genealogy Site

But new information in the stipulation agreement filed in court today reveals that the upload to GEDmatch occurred before the site changed its policy on May 20, 2018.According to the document, Detective Scharf asked Parabon to use genetic genealogy to help identify a possible source of the crime scene DNA on April 26, 2018, a day after authorities in California announced they’d used the technique in the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer .

The First Murder Case to Use Family Tree Forensics Goes to Trial

The First Murder Case to Use Family Tree Forensics Goes to Trial

To crack a 32-year-old murder case, police used genetic genealogy, which involves searching family tree sites and the DNA that people add to them.

Netflix's 'See You Yesterday' Challenges the Meaning of Time Travel

Netflix's 'See You Yesterday' Challenges the Meaning of Time Travel

Whereas filmmakers of the past have been interested in traveling through time to stop the Singularity or relive the heyday of the Walkman, director Stefon Bristol's movie, produced by Spike Lee, seeks to address police brutality against black Americans.

San Francisco Bans Agency Use of Facial Recognition Tech

San Francisco Bans Agency Use of Facial Recognition Tech

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.San Francisco’s ban covers government agencies, including the city police and county sheriff’s department, but doesn’t affect the technology that unlocks your iPhone or cameras installed by businesses or individuals.

Feds Dismantled the Dark-Web Drug Trade—but It's Already Rebuilding

Feds Dismantled the Dark-Web Drug Trade—but It's Already Rebuilding

Judging by that buzzing trade, there's little hint that just the week before, global law enforcement announced the takedowns of two of the world's largest dark-web drug sites, known as Wall Street Market and Valhalla.

Inside China's Massive Surveillance Operation

Inside China's Massive Surveillance Operation

On the few occasions she was able to speak with relatives, she said “it sounded like their soul had been taken out of them.” A string of pomegranate images were a common theme: the Party’s symbol of ethnic cohesion, the idea that all minorities and Han Chinese people should live harmoniously alongside one another, “like the seeds of a pomegranate.” By late 2017, most Uyghurs in Turkey had lost contact with their families completely.

The Power of Sandra Bland's Cellphone Video

The Power of Sandra Bland's Cellphone Video

Depth of Field: The Power of Sandra Bland's Cell Phone Video. An image from the 39-second video Sandra Bland recorded with her cell phone in 2015.