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.

DNA Crime-Solving Is Still New, Yet It May Have Gone Too Far

DNA Crime-Solving Is Still New, Yet It May Have Gone Too Far

It came on the heels of news that investigators in South Dakota had arrested a woman Friday in connection with a 38-year-old infant abandonment case.

Think These Are Planets? They're Something Far More Sinister

Think These Are Planets? They're Something Far More Sinister

Odnoviun documented the spy holes in those doors at eight former prisons in Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, and Germany for his series Surveillance . "I considered people on both sides of the spy hole to be prisoners of the system in their own ways," Odnoviun says.

Think These Are Planets? They're Something Far More Sinister

Think These Are Planets? They're Something Far More Sinister

Odnovium documented the spy holes in those doors at eight former prisons in Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, and Germany for his series Surveillance . "I considered people on both sides of the spy hole to be prisoners of the system in their own ways," Odnovium says.

A New Method of DNA Testing Could Solve More Shootings

A New Method of DNA Testing Could Solve More Shootings

They published their study in a peer-reviewed academic journal, Forensic Science International , and the San Diego Police Department began using it in 2014—around the same time they tested the evidence in the Gregory Benton murder case.

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

He didn’t much care, he says, because he considered the harassment trivial: “My rights were violated and nobody cares, and we’re still talking about what happened to poor Courtney?” After exposing the affair, Steven continued asking for advice from other people on the Marriage Builders site.

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

“This is the first piece of legislation that I’ve seen that really takes facial recognition technology as serious as it is warranted and treats it as uniquely dangerous.” Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University Privacy laws in Texas and Illinois require anyone recording biometric data, including face scans and fingerprints, to give people notice and obtain their consent.

Meth, Murder, and Pirates: The Coder Who Became a Crime Boss

Meth, Murder, and Pirates: The Coder Who Became a Crime Boss

Rivera had picked up the Catherine Lee case after her husband contacted the NBI and requested that it look into her murder, the day after the body was discovered.

The Future of Crime-Fighting Is Family Tree Forensics

The Future of Crime-Fighting Is Family Tree Forensics

The month before, the genetic genealogist had been hired by a forensic DNA company in Virginia called Parabon, to lead its new division devoted to long-range familial searching.

The Mad Scramble to Claim the World's Most Coveted Meteorite

The Mad Scramble to Claim the World's Most Coveted Meteorite

When he wasn’t roping cattle or gunsmithing with his father, Ward spent his free time searching for rocks among the sagebrush and saguaros.Ward’s father started taking him to gem and mineral shows, and one day young Ward made his way into the booth of Debra Heidelar, a prominent meteorite dealer, who heard a voice saying “Excuse me, ma’am” but couldn’t figure out where it was coming from until she looked down, below her counter, and saw a tiny cowboy asking very politely if he could please buy a piece of the Canyon Diablo iron.

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin Scam

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin Scam

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin ScamEduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty ImagesIn offices and universities all across the country Thursday, the same threat appeared in email inboxes: Pay $20,000 worth of bitcoin, or a bomb will detonate in your building.

The Case for Viral ‘Call-Out’ Culture

The Case for Viral ‘Call-Out’ Culture

We did everything.”The video showcases just the kind of furious entitlement and everyday racism progressives on the internet have been calling out all year: This student is just the college campus version of the people screaming at Spanish speakers in restaurants and grocery stores, or the many, many, many people who have called the police on black people doing things like mowing lawns, being in Starbucks, or doing community service.

It Started as an Online Gaming Prank. Then It Turned Deadly

It Started as an Online Gaming Prank. Then It Turned Deadly

And since he’d now been personally insulted by Gaskill, he decided to do the swatting for free.“The death of my son has changed every iota of my being,” says Lisa Finch, who was at home with Andrew when he was shot by Wichita police.