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  • Mázsa Péter 19:39 on 2012.02.19 Permalink |
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    KLIK, the exciting new app from Face.com, can automatically recognize faces through the smart phone’s camera. Just open the app, take a photo, and KLIK will search through previous pics to correctly tag the face(s). If linked to a Facebook account KLIK becomes even more powerful, correctly identifying friends based on their shared photos. KLIK is so fast that, with a good internet connection, it can accurately identify someone before a picture is taken. Not only that, but it’s absolutely free! […]

    There’s no doubt that this technology is a game-changer. Automatic tagging in mobile phones through augmented reality interfaces – as awesome and futuristic as that sounds, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Security applications for facial recognition have been widely discussed before, but again, this technology now seems like it could be universal in just months or years. The integration of facial ID with the social network is both amazing, and as my friend said “really, really creepy.” Is there a picture of you on the internet? Better assume it’s been automatically tagged with your name. Did someone point a smart phone at you in public? Same conclusion. While KLIK is limited to those photos shared by you and your friends on Facebook (or taken on your private camera roll) future versions of this tech are almost certainly going to be more widely applied. That means that in the next few years (maybe much sooner), any camera that sees you will know who you are. You are your face, and your face is public. If not today, then very, very soon.
    Welcome to the future. We got rid of the old sense of anonymity with a single click.


    Cf. http://singularityhub.com/2010/05/04/new-api-takes-facial-recognition-from-facebook-and-puts-it-everywhere/

  • Mázsa Péter 19:32 on 2010.06.18 Permalink |
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    Yesterday the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Tor Project were launched a public beta of a new Firefox extension called HTTPS Everywhere.

    This Firefox extension was inspired by the launch of Google’s encrypted search option. The creators of the extension wanted a way to ensure that every search our browsers sent was encrypted.

    Many sites on the web offer some limited support for encryption over HTTPS, but make it difficult to use. For instance, they may default to unencrypted HTTP, or fill encrypted pages with links that go back to the unencrypted site.

    The HTTPS Everywhere extension fixes these problems by rewriting all requests to these sites (by default, automatically) to HTTPS. It encrypts most or all of the browser’s communications with some other sites:

    Google Search
    Twitter and Identi.ca
    EFF and Tor
    Ixquick, DuckDuckGo, Scroogle and other small search engines
    and lots more!

    Firefox users can install HTTPS Everywhere by following this link.

    As always, even if you’re at an HTTPS page, remember that unless Firefox displays a colored address bar and an unbroken lock icon in the bottom-right corner, the page is not completely encrypted and you may still be vulnerable to various forms of eavesdropping or hacking (in many cases, HTTPS Everywhere can’t prevent this because sites incorporate insecure third-party content).

    [Original: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/06/encrypt-web-https-everywhere-firefox-extension
    https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere ]

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