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    1. UK Surveillance State: A Short Documentary

      Hi everyone, I wanted to share with you my latest project. It's a short run'n'gun documentary. During 2019 and 2020 I closely followed UK police forces—especially in London and Cardiff. I...

      Hi everyone,

      I wanted to share with you my latest project. It's a short run'n'gun documentary.

      During 2019 and 2020 I closely followed UK police forces—especially in London and Cardiff. I witnessed at least 5 or 6 live facial recognition deployments by the Metropolitan police (London) and South Wales police (Cardiff).

      The first thing I noticed in these deployments is how the UK police forces target certain people—especially racial minorities. Which is extremely worrying. But after you deeply analyze their modus operandi, the threat of their surveillance goes much further than the already grave threat of racial profiling: it is the beginning of a state of surveillance and a roll-back on human rights and fundamental freedoms.

      This film is not perfectly shot. I wish I had access to more gear. But the police's notice time of these facial recognition deployments was so short that I couldn't pick any gear at all. I'm glad that I'm always carrying my camera with me!

      I've put a lot of effort and care into this film. I hope you enjoy it.

      Any feedback is welcomed.

      Here's a short clip of the film: https://twitter.com/iamBorjaMoya/status/1246721750852870144

      You can watch the entire film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6WCS3ZF5mw

      12 votes
    2. TSA Facial Recognition is here, and it works distressingly well.

      My wife and I recently spent 10 days in Ireland. On our trip home, we went through US Customs at the Dublin airport. When it was our turn to speak to the TSA agent, we were called over to the desk...

      My wife and I recently spent 10 days in Ireland. On our trip home, we went through US Customs at the Dublin airport. When it was our turn to speak to the TSA agent, we were called over to the desk and the agent asked my wife to stand in front of the camera. I assumed she was just getting her picture taken, similar to what we had done by Jamaica Customs when we flew into Montego Bay a couple years ago. Before she could even give him her passport or boarding pass , the agent asked "So <wife's name>, what part of Wisconsin is <city we live in> located?". As soon as it happened, my stomach dropped. I've been thinking about it ever since and still can't quite figure out how they are populating their facial recognition database. A couple more points:

      · There was nothing else the TSA agent could have used to identify my wife.
      · We had not had pictures/facial scans taken in any US Federal facility prior to this.
      · From the time my wife stood in front of the camera to the TSA agent starting to ask, maybe 3-5 seconds had elapsed.

      Has anyone else experienced this? This Twitter thread with JetBlue seems to be a similar experience.

      13 votes