At least 32 Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) systems, estimated at Rs 1,063 crore, are in various stages of deployment by union ministries, central agencies and several state governments, including Telangana and Gujarat, according to an ongoing study by digital rights advocacy group, Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF). IFF sourced the information by filing 31 RTIs with several government departments.The organisation launched a website — panoptic.in — on Friday which graphically details this ongoing development, which digital rights experts say can pose a threat to privacy and freedom of speech. The IFF study is named Project Panoptic. FRT uses algorithms to extract data points from a face to create its digital signature. This signature is compared with an existing database to find possible matches. It is not 100% accurate and there can be “misidentification (false positive) and failure to identify (false negative)”, the website says.“These systems need a … [Read more...] about Ministries, several states deploying facial recognition tech systems: Study
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Senior TMC leaders had earlier this month told this correspondent that Adhikari is particularly unhappy with organizational decisions taken by the Abhishek Banerjee and election strategist Prashant Kishor who was roped in after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats in 2019. On November 10, Adhikari threw a veiled challenge at the leadership. “I am not afraid of anyone. We will meet in the battlefield,” he said without naming anyone or even the TMC. … [Read more...] about Abhishek Banerjee targets Suvendu Adhikari, TMC flexes muscle on ex-minister’s turf
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Some 100,000 people visited North Korea in 2014, most of whom came from neighboring ally China, Time reported last year. But Westerners, including Americans, do visit the country, albeit usually through touring companies. They're shepherded around by North Korean-approved guides who make sure to praise the supreme leadership as they visit monuments, factories, museums and other expensive testaments to a country plagued by mass starvation. For Americans who make the trip, it's a (selective) peek behind the curtain. … [Read more...] about Traveling to North Korea Is Still Legal for Americans, but It’s Probably Not a Great Idea